Alto guitar

late 19th century
Probably by Leopoldo Franciolini (Italian, 1844–1920)

Object Place: Florence, Italy


Length 54.3 cm, width 21.7 cm (Length 21 3/8 in., width 8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce with binding of ebonized wood. Soundhole encircled by semicircles of pearl set in black mastic. Trapezoidal pickguard of dark brown wood. Neck and headstock of maple stained brown. Screw (?) through neck heel. Tuning pegs of mahogany (?). Fingerboard of ebony with seven frets of nickel silver and seven of horn. Nut and end button of ivory. Bridge of ebonized wood with ornamental ends. Amber varnish on body. Internal construction: Three lateral braces on back and at least three lateral braces on belly (two above belly).


Printed label: Carlo Bergonzi fece / in Cremona l'anno 17 [handwritten: 85]


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection