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Cittern or English guitar by Preston (1774-1800), c.1785. Ebony and ivory head, unpainted wooden rose. Watch key tuning, patented by Preston in 1780. Plate of tuning pegs marked 'Preston, Inventor'. Instrument itself marked 'Preston, Maker, London'. 'English by John Preston c.1785 - unpainted wooden rose and an ebony and ivory top to the head' (M. Jessup)

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  • Repository:National Trust, Snowshill Manor