Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This guitar has been "in the family" since it was made!
As Don Adams and I were busily working on our joint research and restoration project on our 11-course patent guitars, unbeknownst to us, this third, intact, instrument was quietly sitting here all along!
It had been recently discovered by Knutsen relative and researcher Jean Findlay (described in her story "Harmony in the Family").
Note the original nut made of wood (HGP13 has a presumably original nut made of bone).

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(images copyright Kerry Char)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGP9

                 Category

Port Townsend Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"1898 patent"

                 Current or last known owner

Robert B. Cammon

              Year (approx)

1897-1898

                 Label

none

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

                 Frets

straight

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint heel

Woods

Top

spruce or cedar

Back & Sides

walnut

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

none

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 rings (1 herringbone)

                 Inlay

pearl clover-like fret markers, pearl dots in bridge

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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