Christian Frederick Martin American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

11. Guitar
Christian Frederick Martin (American, 1796–1873)

United States, Pennsylvania, Nazareth, before 1867

Spruce, rosewood, ebony, and nickel silver

Gift of Esther Khafif Haddad and Alan M. Haddad, 2012 (2012.209a, b)

Disagreements with the German guilds caused Martin to move to the United States in 1833. A carpenter’s son, he learned to build guitars in the style of Stauffer in Vienna, but was later influenced by Spanish designs. This guitar features many Spanish elements, including its body profile, slotted headstock, and tie bridge.

Audio Guide 9388

#Rochester Schottische by W. H. Ruliston, arranged by Justin Holland, played by Ernie Jackson, 2013.

Guitar, Christian Frederick Martin (Markneukirchen, Saxony 1796–1873 Nazareth, Pennsylvania), Spruce, rosewood, ebony, nickel-silver, American

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