Here’s a timely piece of memorabilia: a postcard of our friendly neighborhood harp guitar thingy!
This is “specimen #1” of which I showed a low res image in last week’s blog, mentioning that I had it listed as part of Michigan’s Stearns Collection. I completely forgot that Graham MacDonald – who I blogged about doing a research trip 3 weeks ago – mentioned he was heading there! So thanks to souvenir shopper Graham, we’ve got a much better image of this thing.
Now we can see that this one also has that serpentine creature carved into the headstock (actually, it is the headstock). I also see that it only has two subs (not a third missing). Otherwise, it looks extremely similar to that 3rd specimen I showed, but without the soundboard decoration.
Turning the card over, I see that someone at the museum has yet another guess: “Italian, 19th century.” I’m not ready to put my money on that one – anyone else?
Thanks, Graham! Safe travels and keep checking the souvenir stands on your way out.