Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This guitar, from a wonderful ultra-rare cabinet card, is nearly identical to HGP19 - even the label is the same (how incredible for a period photo to provide us with the label information)! Both are good candidates for Anderson-built instruments. This one also has the scalloped fingerboard end, but its position in relation to the soundhole rings is different, marking it as a different instrument. It has the same inlaid stripes in the fingerboard, and the horizontal and vertical strips in the bridge.
Interesting that the photographer's studio was not in Port Townsend, or even Tacoma, but Seattle.

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(images copyright Hans Lorenz)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGP20

                 Category

Port Townsend Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"1896 patent"

                 Current or last known owner

unknown player

              Year (approx)

1896-1897

                 Label

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

                 Label Code PT2

                 Courses / Strings

6 course: 6 strings on neck

                 Frets

straight
                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

unknown

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

horizontal and vertical strips
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

unknown

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

2 inlaid strips

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole 3 rings

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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