This morning I sat back and took some time to truly appreciate the age we live in. I looked over my inbox and realized I, over the last 24 hours, had personal correspondence with two of the world’s foremost guitar authorities—George Gruhn (while he was in Italy no less!) and Dan Erlewine. Luckily, as this forum is hosted *on the internet*, I don’t have to be apologetic to those technology non-participants...but the web has truly made the world a much smaller place. And in many cases that’s a great thing. Anyway, enough opining on the state of technology. My local pro (who always thinks to call me when something cool comes through his shop...recently gave me a heads up on a dead-mint Violet Ram’s Head) is unparalleled here in the Chicagoland area for set-ups, repairs and knowledge. I’d certainly consider him the Third Pillar to Gruhn and Erlewine’s Pillars One and Two. He gave me a heads-up on an at the time unidentified parlor guitar he had come into his shop and asked if I’d want to come take a look. I did, of course, and I’m never disappointed to see something THAT old that has survived relatively unscathed (in context, of course). Sure it has had repairs, the finish isn’t anywhere near pristine, and many of its parts are worn to the point of non-function, but it was new *20 years before the US Civil war.* An article I read online reminded me that this was probably shipped up a river by barge or travelled on one of the first railroads and then was delivered to its destination by horse and carriage. Remarkable. It’s been made available to me at a great price, and my emails to George Gruhn and Dan Erlewine were to gauge their knowledge of its origins (Gruhn) and to understand possible courses of action with the instrument going forward (Erlewine). George is reasonably confident its an 1840s parlor guitar made in Markneukirchen Saxony Germany in the Martin style. Dan would like to put his eyes and hands on the guitar to determine how much work it really needs. It appears to have some sort of spruce top, rosewood back and sides and nice marquetry mid-side and on the back. Friction tuners and what appears to be a replacement bridge. The case is a site to behold in and of itself. Always fun to see something constructed with square nails. This will be a fun story to unravel, regardless of whether the guitar ends up playable or not—though that is most certainly the hope!