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English guitar

English guitar ('guittar' or 'cetra') with cast metal rose. Six courses, wire-strung, the lowest two single, the upper four double; tuned c, e, g, c1, e1, g1. Front two-piece. Domed cast metal rose depicting King David with harp among wreaths and garlands; ivory collar, and three painted lines. Arched bridge on two feet. Back and ribs of closely figures maple. Golden varnish; painted purfling front and back. Ivory tailpin for neck-strap; ten hitchpins in tail-block; ivory saddle. Slightly arched tortoiseshell fingerboard with twelve metal frets and borders of mother-of-pearl each end; ivory nut; capo tasto holes behind the four lowest frets.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamp on button under monogram: "PRESTON MAKER LONDON"
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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 689mm. Width: 293mm.