A Wonderful Mid-Nineteenth Century Markneukirchen 'Stauffer-Style' Parlor Guitar.
1850 Markneukirchen 'Stauffer-Style' Parlor Guitar.
This 1850s Markneukirchen "Stauffer Style" 'Parlor' guitar weighs just 2.60 lbs. and has a 11 3/4 inch wide and 3 1/2 inch deep South American Zebrawood, ladder-braced' body with a natural spruce top. The body depth at the neck is 2 3/4 inches, the upper bout measures 9 1/4 inches and the body length is 17 1/8 inches. The sound hole has a diameter of 3 1/8 inches and is bound with white pyralin, surrounded by three circular 'Herringbone' inlays and the most intricate floral inlay ring (3/8 inch wide) of mother-of-pearl and abalone. The edge of the top also has a 5/16 inch floral inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone and has Herringbone strips and a single layer of pyralin. At the strap-end of the top is a beautiful 'Fantail' inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone. The back of the guitar has a 1/8 inch Herringbone border and two thin maple center-strips. The sides also have a thin maple strip on the top and another on the bottom. On the strap-button edge of the body the ivory pin is flanked each side by a 3/16 inch marquetry strip. (#1657).
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