Plucked Dulcimer used by Jean Ritchie

Plucked Dulcimer used by Jean Ritchie

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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).

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dulcimer
date made
1951
user
Ritchie, Jean
maker
Pickow, George
place made
United States: Kentucky, Viper
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
2015.0234.01
accession number
2015.0234
catalog number
2015.0234.01
Credit Line
Gift of Peter Pickow
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