Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Here's an intriguing instrument played at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle.
Judging by the guitar's proportions and the heights of the performers, this seems to be a 3/4 size harp guitar (scale length 19-20"). 
The bass headstock is the only one like it (type 1b), helping to clarify and verify headstock evolution and dating.
It's a fancy model, with fancy fret markers, and a crescent moon and star in the peghead. The back is bound also. 
Thanks to the image I obtained from a high quality negative, we're able to see incredible detail in a period Knutsen guitar photograph - including a fancy pickguard. This is one of only three verifiable original pickguards on a Knutsen harp guitar!
See Knutsen Harp Guitar Evolution and Historical Photos.

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(MSCUA, Univ. of Wash. Libraries, X1854)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS38

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

unknown player

              Year (approx)

1907-1909

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

               Frets

straight

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

unknown

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

fancy wood purfling & ivoroid?

Back

ivoroid?

Fingerboard

ivoroid?

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole 3 rings (2 multi-colored purfling)

                 Inlay

fancy fret markers and crescent moon &star in headstock

                 Pickguard

black plastic? with fancy inlay

                 Comments

 

 

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