Emory Guitar played by Mississippi John Hurt at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival

Description (Brief)
Emory Guitar (ca 1890-1895) played by Mississippi John Hurt at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. Emory guitars appear to have only been sold in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Max Meyer & Bro. store. By the 1960s, the guitar was owned by Tom Hoskins, who loaned the guitar to Hurt for his 1963 performance at Newport. The guitar eventually ended up in the possession of South Carolina luthier, Darrell Guinn. Guinn identified the guitar by comparing cracks in the guitar's body to photographs from the 1963 festival. Wooden guitar with darker wooden neck. White inlay on neck reads "EMORY." Tuning pegs are white. Line of decorative wood inlay down back.

Object Details

Data Source
National Museum of American History
user
Hurt, Mississippi John
date made
ca 1890-1895
ca 1900 - 1910
Credit Line
Gift of Darrell Guinn
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (strings material)
Measurements
overall: 38 in x 14 1/2 in x 5 in; 96.52 cm x 36.83 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name
guitar