Plucked Dulcimer used by Jean Ritchie

Plucked Dulcimer used by Jean Ritchie

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Description (Brief)

This teardrop shaped plucked dulcimer was made by George Pickow in Viper, Kentucky in 1951. The body is made of walnut, poplar, and maple. The fingerboard is half-fretted and the top has two heart-shaped sound holes. The scroll is exceptionally hand-carved.

Pickow made this dulcimer for Jean Ritchie as a wedding gift, and it was completed nine months after their marriage in September of 1950. The dulcimer was played by American folk music singer and songwriter, and Appalachian dulcimer player, Jean Ritchie (1922-2015).

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Object Name
date made
Ritchie, Jean
Pickow, George
place made
United States: Kentucky, Viper
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 34 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 87.63 cm x 19.685 cm x 6.35 cm
overall: 34 in x 7 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 86.36 cm x 19.685 cm x 6.985 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of Peter Pickow
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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