Appalachian Dulcimer

Appalachian Dulcimer

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This Appalachian dulcimer was made by an unknown maker in Clendenin, West Virginia between 1848 and 1855. It has two bouts, four strings (two melody strings and two drone strings), 17 metal frets, 4 sets of three-circle sound holes, 4 wooden friction pegs, and a rounded head with center hole. This dulcimer was previously owned and used by Charles Hammack, a preacher in Clendenin.
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Object Name
Date made
1848 - 1855
Hammack, Charles
place made
United States: West Virginia, Clendenin
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 13 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 34.29 cm x 6.985 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Gloria M. Hammack
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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