19th Century Early Romantic Parlour guitar 1850-1870
19th Century Early Romantic guitar guitar This is a beautifully kept Early Romantic guitar. It doesn’t have a label, but by the various styling features it is most likely French. It could be English, but less likely. Overall, this guitar is found to be in good playing condition. It does not have any splits and the neck is in good shape, despite being over 150 years old. The ebonised fingerboard shows signs of play-wear in the upper neck area. Here is a sound clip The body has a lovely Spruce top with chequer-board marquetry purfling and sound-hole marquetry to match. The sides and back appear to be light Mahogany. The headstock retains the original in-line tuners with a slotted headstock, suggesting that this parlour dates from 1850. The inline tuners suggest that it could have been made closer to 1870. It retains the original steel string rollers and tuner buttons. The body-end of the neck is square, suggesting that this was made post 1850 in either France or England. The “Moustache” bridge is the closest clue to the English / French connection. German makers used them, but they were mostly earlier and much narrower. The bridge is missing one end of the decorative end. The original bottom strap pin is retained A lovely collector’s early romantic guitar.