German Scheitholt Zither

German Scheitholt Zither

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This German Scheitholt style zither was made by an unknown maker in the United States, undetermined date. It has a rectangular shaped body, with 6 metal tuning pins, 15 metal frets, 2 round sound holes, and a rounded head. There is an old tag kept with the dulcimer that reads:

"Antique Dulcimer"
Made in seventeenth century
exact date unknown.
Made of hand split oak.
Played with quill
Originally owned by Harris family of Appomattox.
Loaned by Stephens Family.

Currently not on view
Object Name
place made
United States
Physical Description
oak (overall material)
overall: 3 1/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 36 5/8 in; 7.9375 cm x 9.525 cm x 93.0275 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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