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Deagan Fruction Harp

Deagan Fruction Harp

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Description (Brief)

This friction harp was made by J. C. Deagan, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, about 1920. It is comprised of a set of 25 tuned aluminum tubes that fit into a wood strip with metal thumb screws to hold the tubes in place. The wood strip is supported by a collapsible metal frame. Accessioned with a pair of tan cotton gloves, a jar of rosin, and wooden storage box.

John Calhoun Deagan (1853-1934), a first generation American of Irish descent, was a musician, inventor, and musical instrument manufacturer. He began making musical instruments in 1898 in St. Louis, Missouri. By 1913, his firm was incorporated in Chicago as J.C. Deagan Bells, Inc., and three years later would become J.C. Deagan, Inc.<./p>

Currently not on view
Object Name
friction harp
date made
ca 1920
J. C. Deagan, Inc.
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
metal, aluminum (overall material)
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 4 3/8 in x 90 in x 8 1/2 in; 11.1125 cm x 228.6 cm x 21.59 cm
overall in case: 4 1/2 in x 90 1/4 in x 9 in; 11.43 cm x 229.235 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Wren Ingram
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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