German Scheitholt Zither

German Scheitholt Zither

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This German Scheitholt style zither was made by an unknown maker in Pennsylvania between 1835 and 1865. It has a rectangular shaped body, with 4 strings, metal nut and bridge, 14 metal frets marked with applied letters, one round sound hole and one heart-shaped sound hole, 4 metal tuning pins, and a head with decorative carvings.
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Date made
1835 - 1865
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 3 in x 3 in x 31 in; 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm x 78.74 cm
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Music & Musical Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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