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One-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of irregular-grain spruce*. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple; shallow channels on back of pegbox and thick lip at bottom. Wide ears on scroll. Thin wedge (2 mm maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Fingerboard, tailpiece,...

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Printed label: THOMAS D. PAINE, / MUSICAL / Instrument Maker, / [handwritten: No 11] WOONSOCKET, R. I. [handwritten: 1856 / A D.]; [possibly additional illegible inscriptions on inside of back.]


Before 1987, apparently owned by Herbert Goodkind (1905-1982), Larchmont, New York. By 1987, acquired by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine; 1987, sold by Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund


Object Place

Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States


Length 61 cm, width 21 cm (Length 24 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones