User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.


Start collecting

One-piece back and ribs of rosewood. Belly of spruce stained brown with two circular soundholes. Gold striping along edges of back, ribs, belly, and headstock. Gold decoration at top, center, and bottom of back, comprised of foliate designs and lyre. Neck and headstock veneered with rosewood...

Show Full Description


Printed label: EMILIUS N. SCHERR / Piano Forte and Organ Builder & c. / PHILADELPHIA / No. 264 Market Street / all kinds of Musical Instruments Repaired; in gold above main soundhole: PATENT / Harp Guitar.


1938, sold by Rebecca Wilder Holmes to the Music Department, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts; June 1996, loaned by Smith College to the MFA; 2003, sold by Smith College to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 2003)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by William and Deborah Elfers

about 1835

Object Place

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Length 152 cm, width 33 cm, depth 8.7 cm (Length 59 13/16 in., width 13 in., depth 3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood, spruce, ivory, brass, steel, nickel silver, sheep gut, silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones