Keyed Cittern (English Guitar)

Maker:
Christian Claus (German, active London ca. 1783–1793 New York)
Date:
ca. 1785
Geography:
London, United Kingdom
Culture:
British
Medium:
Various woods, bone, ivory, brass
Dimensions:
Total length: 70.4 cm
Fingerboard length: 22.4
Fingerboard width, top/bottom: 4.5/5.75
Body length: 37.7
Max. body width: 30.2
Narrowest point (neck foot): 5.7
Body depth, neck: 9.4; foot and back: 6.9
Vibrating length of strings: ca. 43 cm (bridge is movable)
Diameter of rosette to outer linked circle: 12.2
Bridge height: 18.5 mm
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen C. Lanier, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.241.3
Not on view
Marking: 1. (in ink on soundboard) CLAUS & CO/INVENTOR LONDON
2. (in ink on soundboard) [coat of arms; lion and unicorn supporting a circular emblem]
3. (beneath the coat of arms) DIEU ET MON DROIT