The base of the head has a piece of wood missing on the lower right side, (see pics). The tuner plates are brass and tuners, we were told, were ivory or bone. We've had a lot of interest in this and would love for it to go to it's next home. The coffin case I was told was made to transport guitars via stage coach safely and you can definitely see the wear on the case...
The inside appears to have old drawer liner paper and remnants of old red velvet and the Martin style storage box in the neck. Very amazing old case with great patina! After comparing this to other old Martin coffin cases... Looks to have similar hardware, but you be the judge. The hooks do close and hold the case together.
The interior lock mechanism is not there. There is side splitting on both sides, the right sides meets up well and the left side meets well but does have a small indent towards the end of the split. There is some splitting on the back as well. The round hole has inlaid wood that needs some repair. Overall it needs restoration but we've been told it could be playable and great.
We decided to list this first to see if someone has their own Luthier they would prefer... Or just display or put it in a museum as a great piece of history. Being that this is an umarked guitar, it is the buyers responsibility to further investigate this or maybe you already know? If you know the maker or more information about this guitar let us know so we can add more information to the listing.
The Capo: The very old Capo that was found with the guitar was definitely used as you can see in the picture... Has a jute style string that wraps around the neck to add tension and the old leather pad pushes down on strings.. Then a wooden peg secures the hold.
We couldn't find another Capo anywhere on the internet to match or compare... Appears not to be handmade though?
Similar to handmade Flemenco wooden Capos. Very old cool find with this old beauty of a guitar! The vintage metal tail piece found with guitar. Many of the experts thought this was bought much later and added to the guitar to play with metal strings (metal strings found with guitar are included) The wording and patent date are: E. Son Pat'd Apl 26, 98 (assuming this was 1898).Looks like it was attached with 3 screws on bottom of guitar (screws were missing). The experts told us the guitar originally came with gut strings. We had a fellow ebayer let us know that the E. And son was Eleanor and that she had patents for many companies but not Martin and it is possibly a 1906 string holder.
They also thought this made it more like a Lyon and Healy guitar. We included a picture of the remaining paper label inside the body that shows a number "7" and a view of the bracing. The bracing looks similar to the Ashborn ladder style.We hope this guitar finds a good home, either to restore or display as-is. This is the first coffin guitar case we've ever found and I've only ever seen them on TV, in books or the internet before this. Very awesome to imagine this coming by stage coach and being played by homesteaders, cowboys... This guitar was found in a old barn in Iowa as part of an estate. Was it left there by the original owner or part of someones collection? Approximate measurements are body length 17 1/4", body width 11 5/8" and depth at end of body 3 1/4. It is a flat top guitar with a round hole, ice cream cone style neck, I can't tell if it is the same piece of the neck or if it is separate, I don't see a seam. The skeleton style headpiece is a separate piece attached. The brass tuner plates have beautiful engraving, fancier than many.
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The item "Vintage Parlor Guitar with ICE CREAM CONE HEEL! , Coffin Case 1800's Washburn" is in sale since Sunday, June 6, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Vintage Musical Instruments\Vintage Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars". The seller is "4jewellssagle" and is located in Armstrong, Iowa. This item can be shipped to United States.