Cigar Box Guitar


This cigar box guitar was made by an unknown maker in North Carolina around 1875-1899. It is a four course (4x1) guitar made from a Morris & Son cigar box. Homemade instruments such as cigar box guitars and fiddles played an important part in jug bands and blues music in the late 19th century through the Great Depression.

Date Made: 1875-1899

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: North Carolina

Subject: Music

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Credit Line: Gift of Charles Hallock

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.096844Accession Number: 34639Catalog Number: 096844

Object Name: guitar

Physical Description: wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 22 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 55.88 cm x 19.05 cm x 12.065 cm


Record Id: nmah_605717

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