Christian Claus (German, active London ca. 1783–1793 New York)
London, England, United Kingdom
Wood and various materials
Total length 71.4 cm., Fingerboard width 22.7 cm., Fingerboard width--top/bottom 4.7/6.0 cm.,
Body length 40.5 cm.
Body width--widest/narrowest 30/-
Body depth--neck/foot 6.5/8.5 cm.
Vibrating length of strings 44 cm., Bridge height 2.5 cm.
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
Marking: 1) (on upper table) Claus; the only inventor of the patent instrument (surrounding circular design in ink with royal seal in center) 2) (at bottom of table) sold only by 3) (on tuning mechanism) C
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Forgotten Instruments: Exhibition Catalogue of the Katonah Gallery. Exhibition catalogue., Katonah, New York, 1981, pg. 34, ill.
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 59.
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 59.