Zogbaum & Fairchild Guitar


This guitar was made by Zogbaum & Fairchild of New York, New York around 1865-1875. This is a six course (6x1) guitar with a spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and a mahogany neck with machine head. It bears a medallion:

Patented MARCH 4, 1856

William Tilton, inventor and musical instrument maker, began manufacturing instruments in New York in 1853. Tilton made new guitars and retrofitted other guitars with his improvements including his two guitar patents (U.S. Patent #10380, January 3, 1854, and U.S. Patent #14378, March 4, 1856). Around 1865, Zogbaum & Fairchild acquired the rights to manufacture guitars using Tilton’s improvements.

Ferdinand Zogbaum and Rufus Fairchild established their manufacturing and importing company in Charleston, South Carolina in 1845. By 1853, Zogbaum & Fairchild had relocated to No. 10 Maiden Lane in New York City.

Date Made: 1865-1875

Maker: Zogbaum & Fairchild

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Credit Line: Gift of Doris L. Low

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.73.28Accession Number: 302691Catalog Number: 73.28

Object Name: guitar

Measurements: overall: 36 1/4 in x 11 3/4 in x 4 in; 92.075 cm x 29.845 cm x 10.16 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-2cc3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_605751

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