Guitar (style 2)

about 1865
James Ashborn (American, 1824–1876)

Object Place: Wolcottville (now Torrington), Connecticut, United States


Length 91.2 cm, width 29 cm (Length 35 7/8 in., width 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood, spruce, maple

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Two-piece back of rosewood over substrate of softwood. Ribs of rosewood over substrate of maple (?). Belly of medium-grain spruce with triple-line purfling. Binding of light wood on back and belly. Septuple-line purfling encircling soundhole. Neck and headstock of maple veneered with rosewood. Tuning machines of brass and iron with knobs of rosewood. Fingerboard of rosewood with nineteen frets of brass. Nut, bridge, and bridge pins of ebony. End button of ivory. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on back; two lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole) plus three thin, steeply angled braces at lower end. Original case of wood lined with patterned fabric.


Stamped on neck block: J. ASHBURN; stamped on back brace: FIRTH SON & Co/ NEW- YORK 2


1998, sold by the Music Emporium, Inc., Lexington, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 18, 1998)

Credit Line

Ernest Kahn Fund