Date MadeMid 20th Century
DescriptionTechnical description: Trapeziod shaped. Sides veneered in light wood. Soundboard of a pine type wood with wide annual growth rings. Baseboard of pine. Bridges and nuts of a type of mahogany with brass strips set into the top of the bridge for the strings to pass over at an angle so that the strings furthest from the player (of each course) are longer than the other strings of the course. The bridges has been shaped so that the strings not going over that particular bridge pass in semi-circular cut outs in the bridge. 16 courses of strings, all quadruple strung except the lowest two courses on the long bridge which are both double strung. Steel `thumbtack' type hitchpins; square-headed tuning-pins. Wrestplank and hitchpin rail veneered in grained plastic. Four holes, diameter 10, in the soundboard with metal bushings. Height adjustable angle stand on the short side.
Other InformationSpecific usage history: Used by James Blades to play theme song in film `Anna May Wong'.
Notesd.p. martin, 1996-1997.
ProvenanceGift of J. Blades, 1984.
CollectionMIMEd; Blades Collection