Longman & Broderip Keyed English Guitar

Description (Brief)
This keyed English guitar was made by Longman & Broderip of London, England around 1783-1785. Francis Broderip joined James Longman around 1775 and the two were in business until 1798. This guitar is a six course (2x3, 2x2, 2x1) guitar with a spruce top and maple back and sides. The guitar has a watch-key tuning mechanism, and a key mechanism that activates hammers inside the soundbox to strike the strings upwards through holes in the soundhole rose. This key mechanism was patented by London luthier, Christian Claus in 1783.
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Object Name
english guitar
date made
Longman & Broderip
overall: 29 1/4 in x 12 1/4 in x 4 3/8 in; 74.295 cm x 31.115 cm x 11.1125 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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