Epinette de Vosges Dulcimer used by Jean Ritchie

Epinette de Vosges Dulcimer used by Jean Ritchie

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Description (Brief)

This plucked dulcimer, also known as an Epinette de Vosges, has an unknown maker, but was made in France in the 19th century. It has 5 strings and is made of cherry. It has a trapezoidal shaped body with 14 frets, and seven-hole rosette sound hole, and a heart-shaped sound hole. There are scallop decorations at the bottom and top of the instrument. It has four pegs (two have been replaced), and one peg is missing There are five metal pegs at the bottom of the instrument, three of which have slotted screw heads and are likely replacements.

This instrument was previously owned by American folk music singer and songwriter, and Appalachian dulcimer player, Jean Ritchie (1922-2015). According to Ritchie in The Dulcimer Book, she bought this instrument in a Paris shop with her husband in 1953.

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Object Name
date made
19th century
Ritchie, Jean
place made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 19 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 in; 48.26 cm x 6.985 cm x 2.54 cm
overall: 18 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 47.625 cm x 6.985 cm x 2.8575 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of Peter Pickow
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National Museum of American History
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