Thomas Appalachian Dulcimer

Thomas Appalachian Dulcimer

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This Appalachian dulcimer was made by James Edward (Uncle Ed) Thomas in Bath, Kentucky, in 1915. It is a double-bout dulcimer made of walnut, with three strings (one melody string and two drone strings), wood nut and bridge, 17 metal frets, 4 heart-shaped sound holes, 3 wooden friction pegs, carved out pegbox, and rounded head. The fretboard has handwritten numbers. Handwritten inside the dulcimer:

Manufactured by
J. Edward Thomas
Dec. 1 - 1915

Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
place made
United States: Kentucky, Bath
Physical Description
walnut (overall material)
overall: 2 5/8 in x 6 3/4 in x 33 1/4 in; 6.6675 cm x 17.145 cm x 84.455 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift from the Estate of Sam Eskin (through Otho Evans Eskin and Stanley Eskin)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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