Plucked Dulcimer made by Bonnie Carol

Plucked Dulcimer made by Bonnie Carol

Description (Brief)
This plucked dulcimer was made by Bonnie Carol in Boulder, Colorado in 1976. It has 4 strings with Schaller tuners made of chrome with perloid buttons. The hourglass shaped body is made of cherry, and it has a rosewood fingerboard with 16 metal frets. The soundboard has four heart-shaped sound holes. Its serial number is 103. The dulcimer was previously used by journalist, musician, and historian of American folklore Ann Grimes (1912-2004). There is a maker’s mark inside the dulcimer on a heart-shaped label that reads “Bonnie Carol [/] Boulder [/] Colorado [/] June 76 [/] #103.”
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Object Name
date made
Carol, Bonnie
place made
United States: Colorado, Boulder
Physical Description
cherry (body material)
metal (frets material)
perloid (button material)
rosewood (fingerboard material)
overall: 31 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 in; 80.01 cm x 19.05 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Sara Grimes
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I was wondering why it says “plastic” as the overall material under Physical Description? But the dulcimer is wood... Does this refer to some kind of polymer coating? Thank you!

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