Amburgey Appalachian Dulcimer


This Appalachian dulcimer was made by Jethro Amburgey in Hindman, Kentucky in 1930. It is a double-bout dulcimer, with three strings (one melody string and two drone strings), wood nut and bridge, 17 metal frets, 4 heart-shaped sound holes, 3 wood friction pegs, craved out pegbox, and a rounded head. The dulcimer has a handwritten label on the inside:

Jethro Amburgey
Settlement School,
Hindman, Ky
Nov. 13 - 1930

Date Made: 1930

Maker: Amburgey, Jethro

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Kentucky, Hindman

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.70.03Catalog Number: 70.03Accession Number: 304683

Object Name: dulcimer

Physical Description: wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 1/2 in x 5 3/4 in x 32 5/8 in; 6.35 cm x 14.605 cm x 82.8675 cm


Record Id: nmah_606074

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