Hall & Son Guitar

Description (Brief)
This guitar was made for William Hall & Son in New York around 1848-1875. It is a six course (6x1) guitar with a spruce top, rosewood back, mahogany veneered birch sides, and a machine head. William Hall formed a number of partnerships in New York from 1821 to 1874, including Firth & Hall; Firth, Hall & Pond; and William Hall & Son. This guitar bears the stamp: “WILLIAM HALL & SON [/] 239 BROADWAY [/] NEW-YORK 2432.” Hall & Son published and sold sheet music and manufactured and sold pianos, organs, guitars, and woodwind instruments. It is believed that guitars and banjos sold by Hall & Son were made by James Ashborn in Connecticut.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
guitar
Date made
1848-1875
maker
William Hall & Son
Measurements
overall: 35 3/4 in x 11 3/8 in x 4 in; 90.805 cm x 28.8925 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
MI*78.02
accession number
1978.0845
catalog number
78.02
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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