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Two-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs of bird's-eye maple. Neck of maple with irregular curl. Two-piece belly of medium-to-wide grain pine. Traditional purfling. Brass worm-gear tuning machines with oval heads and hardwood center rods. Fingerboard, tailpiece, and short endpin of hardwood...

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Stamped on machine head: A. PRESCOTT / CONCORD N. H.; in pencil inside on both middle ribs: M. Lane / Concord / N. [illegible]


1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund


Object Place

Concord, New Hampshire, United States


Length 127.5 cm, width 44.2 cm (Length 50 3/16 in., width 17 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, pine


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones