Essbach Liberty Harmonica

Essbach Liberty Harmonica

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Description

This harmonica was made by Carl Essbach in Germany, undetermined date. It is a Liberty model with 16 double holes and 32 reeds. The harmonica has a blond stained wooden comb with metal cover plates attached to the top and bottom with nails. Some of the reeds are exposed. There appears that something was attached at one time to the top of the harmonica over the exposed reeds. It is embossed:

TRADE MARK
[statue]
LIBERTY
CARL ESSBACH
GERMANY
D.R.PATENT
No64481

(and):

Steel Bronze Reeds

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harmonica
maker
Essbach, Carl
Maker
Assbach, Carl
place made
Germany
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7/8 in x 6 1/16 in x 2 1/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 15.39875 cm x 5.3975 cm
ID Number
1988.0783.196
accession number
1988.0783
catalog number
1988.0783.196
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Harmonicas
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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