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This fife was made by an unknown maker in the United States, ca, 1860. It is a Fife in B-Flat, made of brass with nickel plate. The fingerholes are raised. According to the accession paperwork, this fife was used by the donor’s grandfather during the Civil War.

The United States National Park Service Civil War Database lists George Washington Duffield (1832-1903) as a 3rd Class Musician, Regimental Band, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Infantry mustered in July 8, 1861, and honorably mustered out August 9, 1862.

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Object Name
Date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
nickel plate (overall material)
overall: 14 13/16 in x 5/8 in; 37.62375 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Florence Diffield Garrison
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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