German Scheitholt Zither

German Scheitholt Zither

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Description
This German Scheitholt type zither was made by W. J. B. in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1934. It has a trapezoidal-shaped body with a dark opaque varnish. The instrument has four strings (either one melody string and three drone strings, or two melody strings and two drone strings), 13 metal frets, one round sound hole, 4 wooden friction pegs, carved through pegbox, and hook-shaped head. Handwritten inside the dulcimer is, "WJB."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
zither
date made
1934
place made
United States: North Carolina, Mount Airy
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 32 in x 6 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 81.28 cm x 17.145 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
MI.67.006
catalog number
67.006
accession number
272440
subject
Music
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Dulcimers
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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