Magnus Indian Chief Harmonica

Description:

This harmonica was made by Magnus Hamonica Corporation in Newark, New Jersey, around 1949. It is an Indian Chief model, with 10 single holes and 20 reeds. The harmonica has a red and black plastic comb with metal cover plates attached to the top and bottom with open rivets. It is engraved:

TRADE MARK MAGNUS U.S.PAT.OFF.
HARMONICA CORPORATION
NEWARK 4, NEW JERSEY
US. PATENT NOS. 2,373,129
2,407,312 – 2,416,451
MADE IN U.S.A.
OTHER U.S. AND FOREIGN
PATENTS PENDING

This harmonica features the following patents:

U. S. Patent #2372129, dated April 10, 1945, for the construction of the reed plate and reeds for instruments of the harmonica type by Finn H. Magnus.

U. S. Patent #2407312, dated September 10, 1946, for harmonicas in which the reeds or

reed plate, or both the reeds and reed plate are formed of a plastic composition by Finn H. Magnus assignor to International Plastic Harmonica Corporation.

U. S. Patent #2416451, date February 25, 1947, for a method of and making integral reed plates and reeds by Finn H. Magnus assignor to International Plastic Harmonica Corporation.

Date Made: ca 1949

Maker: Magnus Harmonica Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Newark

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Exhibition:

Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: The Peter Kassan Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1988.0783.541Patent Number: 237212924073122416451Accession Number: 1988.0783Catalog Number: 1988.0783.541

Object Name: harmonica

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7/8 in x 4 1/8 in x 1 1/16 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.4775 cm x 2.69875 cmoverall: 7/8 in x 4 3/16 in x 1 1/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.63625 cm x 2.8575 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-4e81-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1306607

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