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James Ashborn Parlor William Hall & Son 1840s Parlor 1840-1847 Shellac Project

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You are looking at a rare opportunity to own a Pre-Civil War American built guitar with original coffin case!

Henry Ford gets all the credit for the assembly line production process but 60 + years earlier, James Ashborn's factory was cranking out innovative high quality instruments utilizing skilled woodworkers who were each assigned a specific task.

In 1851 (after nearly 2,000 guitars had been built) detailed production records, including serial numbers, were logged. The guitars were shipped, usually 12 at a time via train to New York where they were sold exclusively by two dealers.

The guitar in this listing is an early example of a James Ashborn Style 1 that was sold by William Hall & Son. Date of manufacture is sometime in the 1840s. It is a pre-serial number, partial address stamp guitar. Quite rare!!

As you can see from the pictures, the guitar is a restoration project. You will find several cracks in the top, one on each side and a few in the back. The neck joint appears solid and the neck is beautiful. I would consider dressing the frets. The original coffin case retains its hinges, handle and latches. The Ashborn tuners are original. I'm not 100% certain but the finish appears to be original. The bridge is missing. The guitar has all the glorious play-wear you'd hope to find in an instrument of this vintage.

All sales are final on this item so please ask questions before buying. No returns.

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listed4 years ago
ConditionFair (Used)
Fair condition gear should function but will show noticeable cosmetic damage or other issues.learn more
  • James Ashborn Parlor William Hall & Son 1840s
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