Portuguese Guitar

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Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by Matheus Januário da Silva in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal around 1890-1900. It is a six course (6x2) pear-shaped guitar with walnut back and sides and a very distinctive tuning mechanism. The guitar bears the printed label: “LOJA DE INSTRUMENTOS DE CORDA [/] E SEUS ACCESSORIOS, QUINQUILHERIAS, ETC. [/] DE [/] FARNCISCO GABRIEL CORREA [/] 43 – RUA DON TANUERIROS – 45 [/] [ ] officona onde fabricam toda a qua- [/] lidade de instrumentos de corde, garan- [/] findo a sua perfeicao e solidez, a cargo [/] do artista MATTHEUS J. DA SILVA, ex-offi [/] cial da 1a fabrica de LISBOA [/] Recebe quaesquer encommendas ou [/] concertos por precos convencianados. [/] FUNCHAL.”
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
ca 1890-1900
maker
da Silva, Matheus Januário
place made
Portugal: Madeira, Madeira, Lisbon
Measurements
overall: 27 1/2 in x 11 5/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 69.85 cm x 29.5275 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
MI.60.1375
accession number
227687
catalog number
60.1375
Credit Line
Made available through the Cooper Union Museum
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Data Source
National Museum of American History