Lyon & Healy Guitar

Lyon & Healy Guitar

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This guitar was made by Lyon & Healy of Chicago, Illinois around 1897-1925. The company was founded in 1864 by George Washburn Lyon and Patrick Joseph Healy as a music publications shop for the Boston company of Oliver Ditson. Lyon & Healy quickly expanded as a retail distributor for musical instruments. The company also made musical instruments but is best known as a manufacturer of harps. As depicted in an 1898-99 Lyon & Healy catalog, this ”Lakeside” model guitar, item number 49-3/4, has and oak back and sides, 16th century finish, hand polished, cherry finish neck, top and back inlay with white celluloid and colored wood edge, colored wood inlay around sound hole, ebony fingerboard with pearl position dots, and a metal tailpiece. This guitar sold for $18.75.
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Object Name
Date made
Lyon & Healy
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
oak (overall material)
cherry (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
metal (overall material)
spruce (overall material)
overall: 37 7/8 in x 13 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 96.2025 cm x 34.29 cm x 11.43 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Adam Gallan
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National Museum of American History
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I'd be grateful if you could tell me what type of strings are on this guitar. Looks like 3 bass strings are over-wound with metal (copper and zinc?) and the lonely treble string could be gut. Thanks. Colin

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