This is a magnificent example of a very rare instrument from the very early days when the guitar was first being given serious attention by real craftsmen. Prior to 1800 guitars were considered gipsy instruments and seriously beneath the dignity of any instrument maker who valued his reputation.
This instrument was built in the mid-1830s in Florence, Italy, attributed to Lorenzo Arcangeoli only a few years after he completed his apprenticeship under the famous Georg Stauffer in Vienna. It appears that his apprenticeship coincided with that of Christian Fredric Martin who subsequently came to America in 1833 and founded the Martin Guitar Company.
It (in its original case)has survived for 170 years and is still in good playable condition. It has been passed down within a family and the present owners have a complete provenance.
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