S. F. Russell Single-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

S. F. Russell Single-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

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Description (Brief)

This single-bouted, plucked dulcimer was made by S. F. Russell in 1939. It is rosewood with pegs of maple and inlay from the keys of an old square piano. The instrument has elegantly carved f-holes on each side of the lower fretboard and outline carving on the edges of the soundboard imitate purfling. Carved into the tailpiece is a hole by which to carry or hang the instrument.

It was purchased from S. F. Russell at a White Top Virginia Folk Festival by Eunice Lea Kettering, composer and staff member of Ashland (Ohio) College, and later sold to Collector Anne Grimes by Ms. Kettering upon her retirement from the college and subsequent move to Santa Fe, NM.

There is a typed index card taped to the back of the instrument that reads, "C 8 single bout Smith E 15 p. 52 [/] tape label visible through S sound holes, "made by S. F. [/] Russell, Marion, Va. July 15, 1939" Fooled [/] procured from Mr. Russell at Whitetop, Va. in 1940's by Dr. [/] Eunice Kettering. Given to the Anne Grimes collection in [/] the ea ly 1950s by Dr. Kettering, a fine contemporary composer [/] and folk music collector (see Anne Grimes tape collection). [/] Dr. Kettering was then on the faculty of Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio."

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Object Name
date made
Russell, S. F.
place made
United States: Virginia
Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
overall: 8.5 cm x 17.5 cm x 91.5 cm; 3 3/8 in x 6 7/8 in x 36 in
overall: 3 1/2 in x 6 7/8 in x 35 7/8 in; 8.89 cm x 17.4625 cm x 91.1225 cm
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