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Rim of mahogany inlaid with strips of maple and other woods. Tone ring of iron with eight hooks of brass on shield-shaped plates. Neck and headstock of mahogany. Tuning pegs (mostly modern) of boxwood. No separate fingerboard. Nut of ebony. Bridge (modern) of pine. Stringholder of mahogany.


1966, sold by Bill Lyons, Brookline, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

Credit Line

William Lindsey Fund

about 1850–60

Object Place

United States


Length 110 cm, diameter 33.5 cm (Length 43 5/16 in., diameter 13 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, iron


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones