Cigar Box Guitar

Description (Brief)
This cigar box guitar was made by an unknown maker in North Carolina around 1875-1899. It is a four course (4x1) guitar made from a Morris & Son cigar box. Homemade instruments such as cigar box guitars and fiddles played an important part in jug bands and blues music in the late 19th century through the Great Depression.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
guitar
Date made
1875-1899
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 55.88 cm x 19.05 cm x 12.065 cm
overall: 22 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 56.1975 cm x 19.05 cm x 12.065 cm
place made
United States: North Carolina
ID Number
MI*096844
accession number
34639
catalog number
096844
subject
Music
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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