CARL SANDBURG'S GUITAR.
Acoustic parlor guitar by Bauer, spruce and Brazilian rosewood, with abalone and other inlay to top, fingerboard, and head, with Bauer stamp to reverse of head, carved inscription by Sandburg to reverse of body: "Carl Sandburg / Thanking C.E. Scoggins / 1938-1939." Guitar restored, in modern case.
Provenance: Sandburg to novelist C.E. Scoggins; gift of Scoggins family to Thomas Hornsby Ferril; sold to Peter Howard.
For many Sandburg [1878-1967] is remembered as a troubadour first; certainly much of his poetry was meant to be sung to music, and he performed with guitar often, opening and closing his radio show with folk songs. This particular guitar was made by the George Bauer company of Philadelphia, likely for Sears, Roebuck, and Co, between 1901 and 1911. It is a fairly deluxe example of the models sold by Sears, and there are many known images of Sandburg playing a similar style parlor guitar in performance. Scoggins was the author of several popular adventure novels in the 1920s and 1930s; Sandburg presented this guitar to him sometime in 1938 or 1939, according to the inscription.