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As the guitar arrived. The label is extremely difficult to read, but 1836 is my best guess.
Removing the back reveals unusual previous repairs.
Using wet cotton wool to soften old glue, but the label must not get wet.
Adding reinforcing dots, splinting cracks and showing all the repairs inside the body, lightly stained to match the inside of the guitar.
The restoration label.
The restored guitar, July 2011, shows signs of its 172 years, but plays very well with a wonderful full tone.
String length: 632mm
Overall Length: 935mm
Width of upper bout: 227mm
Width at waist: 174mm
Width at lower bout: 286mm
Height at upper bout: 87mm
Height at lower bout: 91.5mm
Nut width: 47mm