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Maker:
Zogbaum & Fairchild  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 36 1/4 in x 11 3/4 in x 4 in; 92.075 cm x 29.845 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1865-1875
Description (Brief):
<p>This guitar was made by Zogbaum & Fairchild of New York, New York around 1865-1875. This is a six course (6x1) guitar with a spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and a mahogany neck with machine head. It bears a medallion:</p>
<p>Wm. B. TILTONS<br>IMPROVEMENT,<br>NEW YORK<br>Patented MARCH 4, 1856<br>ZOGBAUM & FAIRCHILD<br>NEW YORK.</p>
<p>William Tilton, inventor and musical instrument maker, began manufacturing instruments in New York in 1853. Tilton made new guitars and retrofitted other guitars with his improvements including his two guitar patents (U.S. Patent #10380, January 3, 1854, and U.S. Patent #14378, March 4, 1856). Around 1865, Zogbaum & Fairchild acquired the rights to manufacture guitars using Tilton’s improvements.</p>
<p>Ferdinand Zogbaum and Rufus Fairchild established their manufacturing and importing company in Charleston, South Carolina in 1845. By 1853, Zogbaum & Fairchild had relocated to No. 10 Maiden Lane in New York City.</p>
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Gift of Doris L. Low
ID Number:
MI.73.28
Accession number:
302691
Catalog number:
73.28
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_605751