Bell Lyra


This glockenspiel was made by an undetermined maker, probably in the United States, around 1945-1949. This two-octave lyre-shaped glockenspiel, or bell lyra, is made of tuned metal bars mounted on a metal frame with red felt cushioning underneath the bars. The bars are stamped with corresponding notes. The bell lyre is intended for use by marching bands, carried on a pole that fits into a belt worn by the player, and the bars struck with a mallet.

Date Made: 1945-1949

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Ella H. and Herbert H. Wright

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0271.01Catalog Number: 1996.0271.01Accession Number: 1996.0271

Object Name: glockenspiel

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 27 in x 25 1/2 in x 2 5/8 in; 68.58 cm x 64.77 cm x 6.6675 cm


Record Id: nmah_608103

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