Lyon & Healy Lakeside Guitar

Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by Lyon & Healy of Chicago, Illinois around 1897-1925. The company was founded in 1864 by George Washburn Lyon and Patrick Joseph Healy as a music publications shop for the Boston company of Oliver Ditson. Lyon & Healy quickly expanded as a retail distributor for musical instruments. The company also made musical instruments but is best known as a manufacturer of harps. As depicted in an 1898-99 Lyon & Healy catalog, this ”Lakeside” model guitar, item number 49-3/4, has and oak back and sides, 16th century finish, hand polished, cherry finish neck, top and back inlay with white celluloid and colored wood edge, colored wood inlay around sound hole, ebony fingerboard with pearl position dots, and a metal tailpiece. This guitar sold for $18.75.
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Object Name
Date made
Lyon & Healy
overall: 37 7/8 in x 13 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 96.2025 cm x 34.29 cm x 11.43 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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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