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Printed label: BAY STATE / JOHN C. HAYNES & CO., ... Boston. / O.H. DITSON & CO., ... New York. / J. E. DITSON & CO., ... Philadelphia. / Zithers, Mandolins, Guitars, Violins, Banjos.; stamped on upper block and back brace: HAYNES EXCELSIOR / BOSTON, MASS.


In the 1890s, possibly included in an exhibition, Germany; during the 1890s, purportedly sold at German exhibition to a family of minor royalty, Bavaria. About 1998, acquired by a dealer, Dusseldorf, Germany; before 2001, sold by German dealer to a dealer, New York State; about 2001, sold by New York dealer to James Bollman, Arlington, Massachusetts; 2010, sold by Bollman to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from the Edwin M. Ripin Collection–Friends of the Collection Fund


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 95.8 cm, width 31.8 cm (Length 37 11/16 in, width 12 1/2 in)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood, spruce, ebony, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones