Martin & Coupa Guitar

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Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by Martin & Coupa of New York, New York around 1840-1841. Christian Freidrich Martin’s guitar manufacturing company made guitars in Nazareth, Pennsylvania and sold many of them through his shops in New York. Martin had a number of associations and sold guitars with labels such as “Martin and Schatz,” “Martin and Bruno,” and “Martin and Coupa.” This guitar bears the printed label: “MARTIN & COUPA [/] Guitar manufacturers [/] 385 Broadway [/] up Stairs [/] have always on hand the largest assortment of Guitars [/] that can be found in the United States.” John Coupa was a prominent guitar instructor and was contracted with C.F. Martin to sell guitars under the label “Martin and Coupa.” This is a six course (6x1) guitar with a spruce top, bird's-eye maple veneered mahogany back and sides, and a machine head.
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date made
Martin & Coupa
place made
United States: New York, New York
overall: 36 in x 11 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 91.44 cm x 29.21 cm x 8.89 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Stephen Waterman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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