-- Museum of Musical Instruments
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   The lack of a guitar-playing tradition in the British Isles may have contributed to the English interest in neoclassical-styled guitars. For the many different hybrid string instruments they produced during the early nineteenth century, the English preferred a dark finish covering much of the body, trimmed with gilded ornaments like the acanthus leaves around the edges of this instrument. This style of ornamentation is somewhat reminiscent of the eighteeth-century French technique of lacquer work called vernis martin. The body of this lyre guitar reads strongly as a crescent moon, a universally popular symbol, although the use of this shape may also reflect early nineteenth century Europe's strong interest in Turkish motifs, among which the crescent was a prevalent figure. As a foil to the dark of the moon there is also the light of the sun, here represented by a gilded likeness of Apollo, who adorns a hinged disk partially covering the metal tuning pins.

Of all the kinds of music the Guitar is the instrument of romance and sentiment; its name is handed down to us associated with deeds of chivalry and love, and awakening in the memory a thousand traditions of its enchanting power.
-The Giullaniad, or Guitarist's Magazine

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