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English guitar

English guitar ('guittar' or 'cetra') with a rose of wood. Six courses, wire-strung; the lowest two single, overspun, the upper four double; tuned c, e, g, c1, e1, g1. Body of pear-shaped outline with two-piece flat front of wide grain; two lines of painted purfling and seven around soundhole. Arched ebonised bridge. Soundhole with domed rose, of two-ply construction, in the form of a twelve-pointed star, each ray veneered in ebony and ivory and linked by flame-like shapes in maple.

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  • Inscriptions:Brand on back of tuning-head below monogram: "PRESTON MAKER / LONDON"
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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 683mm. Width: 291.5mm.