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"big Boy" Acoustic
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Larson brothers' guitars, built under several different brand names, were among the first to be specifically designed for steel strings. To...
"Winchester," General Sheridan's horse
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Presented by officers of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry to General Sheridan in Rienzi, Mississippi, in 1862, this black horse was ridden by him in nearly...
1861 Percussion Rifle-musket
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This Model 1861 was the standard rifle-musket used throughout the war. It was originally made by the Springfield Armory, but due to the need for more...
Bigsby Double Neck
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This Paul Bigsby guitar, custom-made for country singer Grady Martin, has a standard six-string neck coupled with a five-string mandolin neck. Bigsby...
Blakeslee Cartridge Box
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Blakeslee cartridge box was designed by Erastus Blakeslee of the 1st Connecticut Volunteer Cavalry. He received U.S. patent number 45,469 for the...
Bohmann Harp Guitar
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Unusual as this guitar looks to us today, in the early 1900s harp guitars were made by many companies, including Gibson, Martin, and the Larson...
Burnside Carbine
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The .54 caliber Burnside carbine was designed and patented by Ambrose E. Burnside. This weapon was manufactured in Rhode Island by the Bristol...
Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This Colt Model 1860 Army revolver was manufactured from 1860 through 1873 with a total production of more than 200,000. It was a six-shot, .44...
Colt Model 1861 Navy Revolver
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The .36 caliber Colt Model 1861 Navy revolver was manufactured from 1861 through circa 1873. This model is designed much like the Colt Model 1860 but...
Confederate Bowie Knife
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This bowie knife was found on the battlefield of Perryville, Kentucky. It is brass mounted and has wooden grips and a blade 12 7/8 inches long. The...
Confederate Saber
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This saber has the initials “CSA” between the bands of the brass knuckle guard, and was made by the Confederate States Armory in Kenansville, North...
Cook Carbine
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This .58 caliber carbine was manufactured by the firm of Cook and Brother of Athens, Georgia, and is dated 1864. The Cook firm produced exceptionally...
D'Angelico Teardrop
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Throughout the 20th century, guitar makers have experimented with the archtop design, modifying the instrument in shape and size. The teardrop shape...
D'Aquisto Advance Archtop
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Innovation and experimentation in the shapes and sounds of guitars continue today. James D'Aquisto began working in John D'Angelico's shop in the...
Dobro Guitar
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
John Dopyera left the National String Instrument Corporation to form the Dobro (Dopyera Brothers) Corporation around 1928. The following year his...
Enfield Rifle
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Both sides imported large quantities of European firearms to assist them in arming their troops. The most widely used was the British Pattern 1853...
Epiphone Emperor Electric
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Emperor model was Epiphone's top-of-the-line archtop guitar, introduced in late 1936 to compete with the popular Gibson Super 400. The electric...
Fender Broadcaster With Amplifier
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Broadcaster, Fender's first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar, initially was derided by competitors as too simple and lacking in...
Fender Jazzmaster
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This is a prototype of Fender's Jazzmaster model that was introduced as the new top-of-the-line guitar in 1958. It was the first guitar to have an...
Fender Lucite Duo-sonic
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Introduced in 1956, the Duo-Sonic has double cutaways like the Fender Stratocaster, but only two pickups. The Duo-Sonic, and its single-pickup...
Fender Mary Kaye Stratocaster
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The combination of gold hardware and custom translucent beige finish on this rare example first appeared on a guitar belonging to Las Vegas-based...
Fender Precision Bass
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Leo Fender revolutionized the music world with his 1951 electric Precision Bass, and guitarist Monk Montgomery is credited with making the instrument...
Fender Stratocaster
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Stratocaster is arguably the most successful and influential electric guitar ever produced. It is easily identified by its double cutaways,...
Frock Coat Of Major General David M. Gregg
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This frock coat belonged to Major General David M. Gregg, who commanded the 6th United States Cavalry and the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry in 1862, and...
Gatling Gun Patent Model
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This is a wooden model of the six-barrel repeating gun designed and patented by Richard J. Gatling in 1862. The overall length of this patent model...
General McClellan’s Sword
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This saber and scabbard were owned by Major General George B. McClellan, U.S. Army. It is a cavalry officers’s saber, Model 1840. This model sword...
General Orders From J.E.B. Stuart
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
These general orders from J. E. B. Stuart, dated March 12, 1863, praise Captain John Singleton Mosby for his skill and daring, in particular the...
General Sheridan’s Sword
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
General Philip H. Sheridan used this saber in the Civil War. The scabbard is engraved with the names of battles in which he participated.
General Sherman's sword
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
General William T. Sherman wore this Model 1850 staff and field officers’s sword during the battle of Shiloh, April 6–8, 1862. It was manufactured by...
Gibson Archtop
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Orville Gibson, who gave his name to the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, was an innovator in both design and construction. With this...
Gibson Eh-100
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Hawaiian, or steel, guitar was prominent in American music by the 1920s. Therefore, it is not surprising that most early commercial sales in...
Gibson Es-150
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Introduced in 1936, this was the first Spanish-style electric guitar to achieve commercial significance, thanks in part to Charlie Christian, an...
Gibson Es-355 With Bigsby Vibrato
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
In 1958 Gibson introduced the ES-355, a semi-acoustic electric guitar with pickups mounted on the solid section of the body. This model, played by...
Gibson Explorer
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The angular Explorer was introduced as part of a line of guitars designed by Gibson's Ted McCarty in 1958. These new and unusually shaped instruments...
Gibson Flying V
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Designed by Gibson president Ted McCarty, the Flying V was the firm's first boldly shaped electric guitar, introduced in 1958. It was developed as...
Gibson L-5 Electric
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Musician Lloyd Loar was an exceptional acoustic engineer at the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company from 1919 to 1924. He designed...
Gibson Les Paul Gold Top
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Les Paul model was Gibson's first entry into the solid-body electric guitar market, developed in response to the success of Fender's Broadcaster/...
Gibson Les Paul Standard, Or Sunburst
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
After its introduction in 1952, Gibson's Les Paul model went through a variety of modifications that culminated in the classic Standard, or Sunburst...
Gibson Skylark
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Skylark lap-steel guitar was introduced in 1956. It is made out of the same African limba wood, but is not as unusually shaped, as Gibson's...
Gibson Super 400 Acoustic
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Gibson's top-of-the-line Super 400 acoustic model was introduced in late 1934. The largest archtop when launched, its size was further increased...
Gibson Super 400 Electric
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This Gibson Super 400 was designed for 1930s guitarist Muzzy Marcellino, who asked Gibson to make him a larger, more powerful instrument. The success...
Gibson Ultratone
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Ultratone model lap-steel guitar, introduced in 1947, was designed with bright colors and geometric lines to create a "modern" package. The use...
Gittler
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
A custom guitar maker, Alan Gittler continually experimented with the minimalist approach, using simple materials and removing all aspects of the...
Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
Introduced in 1955, the 6120 was co-designed by, and made for, Chet Atkins to feature his signature style of fingerpicking. The model was also...
Gretsch White Penguin
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This rare solid-body electric model is one of fewer than 100 manufactured. Introduced in 1955, the White Penguin never appeared in the Gretsch...
Henry Rifle
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Henry rifle was the immediate forerunner of the famous Winchester rifles. About 14,000 Henry’s were made between 1860 and 1866 by the New Haven...
J. H. Dance And Brothers Revolver
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This rare six-shot Confederate revolver was made in .36 and .44 calibers. Soon after the Civil War began, the Confederate government and individual...
Jeb Stuart’s Pistol
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
This English-made, cased Tranter revolver was given to Confederate Major General James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart by Heros von Borcke. Von Borcke was a...
K&f Lap Steel With Amplifier
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
The K&F lap-steel was radio repairman Leo Fender's initial electric guitar design. He created it with "Doc" Kauffman, who had worked for Adolph...
Ketchum’s Patent Hand Grenades
Smithsonian National Museum Of American History, Washington, District Of Columbia
These hand grenades were designed and patented by William F. Ketchum of Buffalo, New York. They were designed to be thrown like a dart, and upon...
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