Double-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

Double-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

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Description (Brief)
This double-bouted (hourglass shaped), plucked dulcimer’s maker and date are unknown, but it may have been made in Lawrence County, Ohio. Its traditional hour-glass double bouts are modified to a rounded base section with an a-line top, tapering to the delicately carved scroll. Two sound holes on each side of the base of the instrument are like violin f-holes, with two diamond shaped soundholes on each side of the top, and lined edges on the soundboard are like purfling. All four strings are fretted on twenty frets. Collector Anne Grimes purchased the instrument in Hillsboro, Ohio.
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United States: Ohio
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 9 cm x 28 cm x 95 cm; 3 9/16 in x 11 in x 37 3/8 in
overall: 4 1/4 in x 11 in x 37 1/4 in; 10.795 cm x 27.94 cm x 94.615 cm
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National Museum of American History
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