Double-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

Double-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

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Description (Brief)
This double-bouted (hourglass shaped), plucked dulcimer’s maker, place of origin and date are unknown, although it is possibly attributed to Gallia County, Ohio. All of its three strings may be fretted on twenty frets with original chromatic fretting. The instrument is painted dark and light maroon, with stars and purfling painted on the belly. Commercial tuning pegs replace the original ones. The whole instrument may be spruce. Steel-wool droppings on the inside may indicate recent refinishing.
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wood (overall material)
overall: 9.5 cm x 18 cm x 90.5 cm; 3 3/4 in x 7 1/16 in x 35 5/8 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 7 in x 35 5/8 in; 9.525 cm x 17.78 cm x 90.4875 cm
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National Museum of American History
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