Show Navigation

Collectors & Explorers

Charles van Raalte

Cithern

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This cithern or 'English Guitar' has an ebony finger board with brass frets and a metal rose in the soundboard.  The most notable thing however which sets it apart from other examples in the Van Raalte collection is the addition of a keyboard of six keys which would allow the player to strike the strings with a hammer action rather than plucking them.  This device was introduced in 1738 by Christian Klaus of London to protect the performers fingers from becoming calloused or being cut by the strings, of which this particular instrument has four pairs plus two single ones.

Place of Production:
London
Materials/Media:
maple, pine, ivory, brass
Dimensions:
length 673mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MI/A8
Digital Number:
EAMU037a, b, c
Creation Date:
1760 - 1800
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


Alternative Views:

alternative small picturealternative small picturealternative small picture