(1 single string,
two 2-string and three
3-string choirs) 12-fret, 6-keyed
Master J. Kirk.
England, London (?), Edinburg (?), 1790
“John / Kirk / from Lon-/don / musi/calen & / instrument / maker / Edin / ficet …” — a handwritten label (on the 4th fret, under the tortoiseshell cover); “John Kirk / from London / musicalen & / instrument / maker / ficet 1790” — a handwritten label (on the 6th fret, under the tortoiseshell cover); [the Master’ signature and the date in a column on the right: “1790”] — a handwritten label (on the 9th fret, under the tortoiseshell cover); “John / Kirk from London musicalen / & instrument / maker Edin / ficet 1790” — a handwritten label (on the 10th fret, under the tortoiseshell cover); “John Kirk” — engraved on a mother-of-pearl label embedded in the cover of the keyboard mechanism
Wood, metal, leather, bone,
1908, acquired from C. Snook’s heirs
Stock number: 16516/260
The keyboard is hammered, removable. It is equipped with a lever, which actuates either a hammer (piano) or a cither (harpsichord) mechanism. The guitar is described in the 1st volume of this edition (2014), incorrect in specifying that the instrument is supplied with the Master’s printed label. The description herein is properly corrected.