English guitar (or guittar)

Scope and Content

An English guitar with maple back and sides. The top is of spruce. The neck is of maple, with an ebony fingerboard with holes at the second, third, fourth, and fifth threats for fitting a capo. The neck is fitted with Preston tuning machines, in which string tension is adjusted by lengthening and shortening a screw mechanism which is operated by the use of a key. The top is fitted with a cast metal rose with the figure of a stringed instrument player seated next to a table.

Maker: Unknown.

Place of production: England.

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The scrawl of the instrument has a damaged mother-of-pearl inlay and the strings are missing. The instrument is stored in its original case.

Custodial History

Purchased at auction in Sotheby's in 1987.