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Two-piece back of maple with wide curl descending slightly from the joint. Ribs and neck similar. Two-piece belly of medium-to-wide grain spruce. Traditional purfling. F-hole notches slightly offset. Tuning pegs (later), fingerboard, tailpiece (later), nut, saddle, nut, and end button (later)...

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Printed label: MADE FOR / H. C. BARNES, Boston, Mass., / BY; printed label: CHAS. E. FARLEY. No. [handwritten: 70] / NEW BOSTON. N. H. / 18 [handwritten: 90]; in ink on underside of belly: Chas. E. Farley / New Boston, N. H. / August 1890; stamped on bridge: AUBERT / A / MIRECOURT


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

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund


Object Place

New Boston, New Hampshire, United States


Length 60.5 cm, width 21 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones