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Two-piece back of maple with wide curl descending from the joint; the joint offset considerably from the center. Ribs of maple with some bird's-eye figure. Neck of plain maple with wedge (4 mm. maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Two-piece belly of wide grain pine. Belly and...

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

Credit Line

Gift of Frank G. Webster

19th century

Object Place

New England region, United States


Length 129 cm, width 48.7 cm (Length 50 13/16 in., width 19 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, pine


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones