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Lyre guitar

Plucked stringed instrument in the shape of a lyre with a guitar neck. Back and ribs/arms of rosewood. Top of fine-grain spruce with two soundholes in the form of a six-comma-shaped spiral. Neck, peghead, pegs, nut, bridge, and bridge pins of ebony. Gilt-brass crossbar. Octagonal-shaped peghead with six friction tuning pegs and ivory string guides. Thirteen tied gut string frets. Six strings: silver-wound basses and gut trebles. Gilt-brass eagle-head arm finials, and acorn-shaped crossbar finials. Five-pointed, mother-of-pearl star on peghead. Soundholes encircling inlay made with mother-of-pearl rings, ebony and ivory/bone dots and lines. Top purfling with alternating brown and black wood in a chain-link-pattern. Moustache bridge ebony appliqué on top. Ivory inlay dot on bridge pins. This instrument is part of the Albert C. Spencer collection.

  • Measurements:Height: 790mm; Width: 365mm; Depth: 110mm