A fine example, in surprisingly good condition despite having been well played during its 150 year life. It's had some repair: gluing of its one (back) crack, regluing joints, replacing some frets, adding some black finish to the neck, by Michael Lewis of Grass Valley, CA. in 2015. The original coffin case has had some minor restoration as well, with new latches and some added black finish. These 2 1/2-17s were Martin's most popular model for much of the latter half of the 19th Century, were fan braced, this one has solid kerfing, and has the original owner's name engraved on a metal plaque on the peghead, something that was done by Martin before the days of inlaid pegheads. The engraved script is very elaborate and thus difficult to decipher, but I think it is Mrs. E.H. Van Namee.