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Two-piece back of wide grain pine with large diamond shape in lower half, created from raised strips of wood. Walnut (?) ribs and neck. Crude scroll with no undercutting; pegbox finished flat down back. Two-piece belly of wide-grain pine. No purfling. F-holes widened at notches and...

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Manuscript label: [illegible] March 10, 1831 / Repaird by [J S Gelland (?)]


1982, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 13, 1982)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund


Object Place

New England region, United States


Length 134 cm, width 50.2 cm (Length 52 3/4 in., width 19 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pine, walnut


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones