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    Civil War Era William B. Tilton Flat Top Guitar, 37" overall length, stamped "A. B. Kitson / Sole Manufacturer / No 1456 / 3" on headstock, spruce top, bound Brazilian rosewood sides and back, light wood inlay on back, around sound hole and top binding, Tilton's vertical brace visible with 1854 patent label, bone-tipped brass gear tuners, silvered metal tailpiece stamped with American Institute medallion below string holes and a second medallion at the foot reading "W. B. Tilton / for the best / Guitars & / Violins", with original lined coffin case. Possible age crack on upper top bout, two small areas of possible old repairs to lower side, good finish and generally solid, missing nut, some shrinkage to fingerboard width. Overall good condition and requiring minimal restoration. William Tilton was one of 19th century America's premier guitar makers and was in direct completion with C. F. Martin. An excellent instrument for a camp display or for re-enactments.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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