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Butterfly Musicale Harmonica

Butterfly Musicale Harmonica

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Description

This harmonica was made by Butterfly Harmonica in Occupied Japan, 1948-1952. It is a Musicale model, with 23 double holes and 46 reeds. This harmonica has a black painted wooden comb with metal cover plates attached to the top and bottom with screws. It is stamped:

TRADE MARK

Butterfly [image of butterfly] Harmonica
MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN

(and):

Musicale

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harmonica
date made
1948-1952
place made
Japan
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15/16 in x 6 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 2.38125 cm x 17.145 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
1988.0783.295
accession number
1988.0783
catalog number
1988.0783.295
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

My Father in Law gave me his Harmonica which is the one displayed here. He was in the navy during WW2 and Korea. Wonderful to see it displayed at your museum.

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