Butterfly Harmonica

Butterfly Harmonica

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Description

This harmonica was made by Nippon Gakki Seizo Kabushiki Kaisha (Yamaha) in Occupied Japan, 1948-1952. It is a Butterfly model in the key of C, with 10 single holes and 20 reeds. This harmonica has a red stained wooden comb; metal cover plates attached to the top and bottom with screws. Accessioned with original cardboard box. The harmonica is stamped:

[butterfly] BUTTERFLY
TRADEMARK

(and):

TRADE MARK
BUTTERFLY [butterfly] HARMONICA
MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harmonica
date made
1948-1952
maker
Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd.
place made
Japan
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
harmonica: 3/4 in x 4 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.905 cm x 10.16 cm x 2.8575 cm
box: 1 1/8 in x 4 1/4 in x 1 5/16 in; 2.8575 cm x 10.795 cm x 3.33375 cm
ID Number
1988.0783.308
accession number
1988.0783
catalog number
1988.0783.308
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

Just purchased one of these at a garage sale for 50 cents. It was very cool to get home, google the writing on it, and find out I’d purchased a 70 year old rare harmonica. Still works great too, I guess that’s a testament to how much better things were made back then.

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