Appalachian Dulcimer and Case used by Richard Fariña

Appalachian Dulcimer and Case used by Richard Fariña

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Description (Brief)

This Appalachian dulcimer was made by Terry Hennessy in London, England, between 1961 and 1962. It is a single-bout dulcimer with a mahogany plywood back and Sapele mahogany sides, African walnut fretboard, Taiwanese spruce top, and a plastic pick guard. The dulcimer has 4 heart-shaped sound holes, 18 metal frets, 4 mechanical tuners, and a round head inlaid with an “H”.”

This dulcimer was the played by folk singer Richard Fariña on his first album. A few original banjo strings placed by Fariña remain. It was accessioned with a custom case said to have been made by Paul Arnoldi. Hennessy made two reproductions of this instrument in between 1999 and 2001.

Object Name
date made
1961 - 1962
Farina, Richard
Hennessy, Terry
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
mahogany plywood (dulcimer back material)
saple mahogany (dulcimer sides material)
African walnut (dulcimer fretboard material)
Taiwanese spruce (dulcimer top material)
plastic (dulcimer pick up guard material)
overall (case): 37 1/2 in x 9 in x 4 3/4 in; 95.25 cm x 22.86 cm x 12.065 cm
overall (dulcimer): 92 cm x 18 cm x 9 cm; 36 7/32 in x 7 3/32 in x 3 17/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mimi Fariña (through Lana Y. Severn)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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