Abraham Prescott, American, 1789–1858 American
Length 190 cm, width 68.2 cm (Length 74 13/16 in., width 26 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)
Two-piece back of slab-cut pine. Ribs and neck of plain maple. Brass plate (36 mm. wide) screwed across seam of lower ribs. Back of pegbox finished flat and covered with brass cap. Two-piece belly of slab-cut pine. Painted purfling in double-helix pattern. Elongated F-holes. Iron and brass worm- gear tuning machines with shield-shaped heads and brass center rods. Fingerboard and tailpiece of hardwood painted black; tailpiece connected by iron wire. Nut of ebony. Saddle and short endpin of hardwood. Roughly- shaped soundpost with gut string attached (for easy removal?). Dull orange- brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck *?* *?* lower block. Back and belly grooved to receive ribs; no liners or corner blocks. Bass-bar angled from bass side to center seam. Narrow cloth strips lining center seam of back and placed crosswise at intervals of about 100 mm.