French, Guitar, mid-19th century, Mirecourt
A very decorative and playable mid-19th century Romantic period parlor guitar. The unlabelled the two-piece back of spruce with Brazilian rosewood veneers and a herringbone center strip, the sides appear to be birch with rosewood veneers. The straight-braced spruce top has an ebony moustache pin bridge with star-ends, and is decorated with a circumference of pearl dots inlaid into black mastic, with pearl dots also around the sound hole, head and fingerboard. The three-piece mahogany neck has an ebony fingerboard with 12 frets to the body and an addition 5 partial frets The slotted head is scooped concave at the top similar to that found on Panormo guitars, with 3-in-line engraved nickel-silver tuners with bone rollers. It is in very nice condition but for several hairline cracks. In a Larrivee parlor-size hard case. Length of back:17-9/16″, Upper bout: 8-3/4″, Middle bout: 6-1/2″, Lower bout:11-1/2″, scale length: 24″, nut width: 1-13/16″
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