American Fife

American Fife

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Description (Brief)

This fife was made by an unknown maker in the United States, from 1878 to 1882. It is a C-sharp fife made of rosewood with German silver-plated ferrules..

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This fife listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, were as sold as an American Fife (#7184), for $5.00 per dozen

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Object Name
Date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 14 15/16 in x 3/4 in; 37.94125 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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