Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Strangely, this "1896 Patent-style" harp guitar is the first one seen with a "Patented 1896" label (3/3/04: HGP19 now also).
Note the center stripe down the headstock and neck. Also, the standard inlay motif on the scroll looks like it was adapted for use as a strap button!
The "pyramid" bridge is certainly a replacement.

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(images copyright William Cox)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGP18

                 Category

Port Townsend Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"1896 patent"

                 Current or last known owner

William Cox

                 Year (approx)

1896-1897

                 Label

MANUFACTURED BY C. KNUTSEN, 
PORT TOWNSEND, WASH
PATENTED SEP. 15, 1896

                 Label Code PT2

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

straight

                 Scale length 25-1/4" 
                 Neck Joint heel

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany?

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

replaced

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

none

Back

none

Fingerboard

2 single stripes

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 rings

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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