German Scheitholt Zither

German Scheitholt Zither

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This German Scheitholt style zither was made by an unknown maker in Dutch County, Pennsylvania between 1880 and 1920. It has a rectangular shaped body with dark walnut sides and back, with 8 strings, wood nut and bridge, 15 metal frets, two round sound holes, scalloped head with 8 metal tuning pins. According to the donor, this type of instrument is also known as a “zitter.”
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Object Name
date made
1880 - 1920
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 3 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 36 1/4 in; 8.255 cm x 10.795 cm x 92.075 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Alan Kemper
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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