German Scheitholt Zither


This German Scheitholt type zither was made by W. J. B. in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1934. It has a trapezoidal-shaped body with a dark opaque varnish. The instrument has four strings (either one melody string and three drone strings, or two melody strings and two drone strings), 13 metal frets, one round sound hole, 4 wooden friction pegs, carved through pegbox, and hook-shaped head. Handwritten inside the dulcimer is, "WJB."

Date Made: 1934

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: North Carolina, Mount Airy

Subject: Music


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Related Publication: Nation of Nations, A

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.67.006Catalog Number: 67.006Accession Number: 272440

Object Name: zither

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)leather (overall material)Measurements: overall: 32 in x 6 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 81.28 cm x 17.145 cm x 6.985 cm


Record Id: nmah_606071

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