Plucked Dulcimer used by Jean Ritchie

Plucked Dulcimer used by Jean Ritchie

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Description (Brief)

This plucked dulcimer has an unknown maker, date, and place of origin. It is an unfinished, hand-made langeleik-shaped dulcimer made of wood. It has 15 frets with three small holes in the fretboard. It has two round sound holes but no nut, bridge, pegs, strings, or back. The instrument has an exceptional hand-carved scroll.

This dulcimer was previously owned by American folk music singer and songwriter, and Appalachian dulcimer player, Jean Ritchie (1922-2015).

Currently not on view
Object Name
Ritchie, Jean
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 34 in x 4 in x 4 in; 86.36 cm x 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm
overall: 34 in x 4 1/8 in x 3 7/8 in; 86.36 cm x 10.4775 cm x 9.8425 cm
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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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