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Cittern (English guitar)

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Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Rose of stamped brass in sunburst design encircled by musical instruments, with retaining ring of ivory. Neck and sickle-shaped head of maple terminating in square finial veneered with ivory set in black mastic. Watch-key tuning...

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Handwritten label: Lucas maker ... / [G]uittar on Silver [Street] / [Go]lden Square London


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection


  • Lucas, English, active 18th century
Object Place

London, England


Length 68 cm, width 29.7 cm (Length 26 3/4 in., width 11 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, mother-of-pearl, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones