American Guitar

American Guitar

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Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1845-1855. It is a six course (6x1) guitar with a spruce top, maple sides and back, and a machine head. The back of the guitar is painted with scenes from the popular British nursery rhyme, “This Is the House That Jack Built." The depictions include "The House That Jack Built," "The Maiden All Forlorn," "The Cat That Caught the Rat," "The Rat That Ate the Corn," "Good-Morrow, Sir Priest! Will You Marry Us Two?" "The Dog That Was Tossed," "The Cow With The Crumpled Horn," and "The Man All Tattered and Torn." The guitar has a strap made from ribbon, possibly silk.
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Object Name
date made
1845 - 1855
place made
United States
Physical Description
silk? (strap material)
maple (back, sides material)
spruce (belly material)
metal (tuning pins material)
overall: 34 1/4 in x 11 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 86.995 cm x 29.845 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. Maxwell
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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