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Keyed cittern (English guitar)

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Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce with painted purfling encircling soundhole. Back and belly edged with binding of dark brown wood. Stamped rose of brass with figures playing flute and hurdy gurdy, and retaining ring of ivory. Neck and sickle-shaped head of maple...

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Stamped on key-box: SMITH / PATENT BOX / [royal arms] / 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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

late 18th century

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Length 72.5 cm, width 30.5 cm (Length 28 9/16 in., width 12 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones