Amburgey Appalachian Dulcimer

Amburgey Appalachian Dulcimer

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This Appalachian dulcimer was made by Jethro Amburgey in Hindman, Kentucky, in 1950. It is a double-bout dulcimer, with 17 metal frets, 4 heart-shaped sound holes, 3 wooden friction pegs, caved out pegbox, and a rounded head. There is a rattlesnake rattle inside the dulcimer and a handwritten label:

Jethro Amburgey
Hindman, Ky.
March 23, 1950

Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Amburgey, Jethro
place made
United States: Kentucky, Hindman
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 2 3/8 in x 6 5/8 in x 32 5/8 in; 6.0325 cm x 16.8275 cm x 82.8675 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Virginia O. Jeffreys
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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