Zogbaum & Fairchild Guitar

Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by Zogbaum & Fairchild of New York, New York around 1865-1875. Ferdinand Zogbaum and Rufus Fairchild established their manufacturing and importing company in Charleston, South Carolina in 1845. By 1853, Zogbaum & Fairchild had relocated to No. 10 Maiden Lane in New York City.
William Tilton, inventor and musical instrument maker, began manufacturing instruments in New York in 1853. Tilton made new guitars and retrofitted other guitars with his improvements including his two guitar patents (U.S. Patent #10380, January 3, 1854, and U.S. Patent #14378, March 4, 1856). Around 1865, Zogbaum & Fairchild acquired the rights to manufacture guitars using Tilton’s improvements.
This is a six course (6x1) guitar with a spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and a mahogany neck with machine head. It bears a medallion: “Wm. B. TILTONS [/] IMPROVEMENT, [/] NEW YORK [/] Patented MARCH 4, 1856 [/] ZOGBAUM & FAIRCHILD [/] NEW YORK.”
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Object Name
Date made
Zogbaum & Fairchild
overall: 36 1/4 in x 11 3/4 in x 4 in; 92.075 cm x 29.845 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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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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4/24/2016 5:55:05 PM
Craig Haagenson
Hello! I have a John C Haynes and Co. Guitar with Zogba and Fairchild awarded stamp on brass with. Tilden improvement. I'd like some information about it and found your site.
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