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Two-piece back and ribs of rosewood. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Binding of ivory around edges of back and belly. Purfling of pearl diamonds set in black mastic around edges of belly and soundhole. Purfling of alternating dark and light wood in herringbone pattern along upper and lower edges of...

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Printed label: MARTIN & COUPA / Guitar Manufacturers / 385 Broadway / Up Stairs / NEW YORK / [Have] always on hand the largest assortment of Guitars / [that can] be found in the United States


By the early 1990s, sold at a guitar show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Fred Oster, Philadelphia; 2003, sold by Oster to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 2003)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by William and Deborah Elfers

about 1840

Object Place

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States


Length 92.6 cm, width 29 cm (Length 36 7/16 in., width 11 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Rosewood, spruce, ebony, ivory, brass, mother-of-pearl, nickel silver, sheep gut, silver, abalone, steel


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones