Portuguese Guitar

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.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
ca 1890-1900
da Silva, Matheus Januário
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
place made
Portugal: Madeira, Madeira, Lisbon
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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Visitor Comments

11/5/2012 7:02:34 AM
Norberto Gomes
Dear Sir, Thank you for your website, that are on-line, and is possible to have a knoledge abouth your collection. I live in Funchal (City), Island Madeira in Portugal, and about this Portuguese Guitar, I woul like to refere that The Maker is Matheus Januário da Silva (Born 1878, and died in 1919). He learn the Making of Musical Instruments, in Lisbon, but after that worked in Funchal Madeira. Francisco Gabriel Correa, was the boss of the "LOJA" (Shop), not maker. I think that this instrument was made c. 1890 - 1900 . So: Object name - Portuguese Guitar Date made - 1890-1900 Maker - Matheus Januário da Silva (1878-1919) Place Made - Funchal (City) Madeira Island (Autonumous region) Portugal We have in Madeira a museuam that have a few instruments by this maker. If you can send me an email adress, I can make a scan of a catalog that I have. I am a professional musician, and have a big passion abouth musical instruments. I have a personal project wit a few friends about madeiran musical instruments ancesters of Ukulele. www.museuapa.com You can see my instruments http://www.museuapa.com/instrumentos/cordofones/machete/ or, http://www.museuapa.com/instrumentos/cordofones/165-2/ and more... Please let me know if you receivd my comments. Thank you in advance Yours Norberto Gomes
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