Hex Dulcimer, KY/WV

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Title

Hex Dulcimer, KY/WV

Description

This instrument was purchased by David Schnaufer in 1994 from an unnamed woman who had purchased it in Ashland, Kentucky. The maker, date, and place are unknown, but a possible "mate" to this instrument is held at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. Schnaufer played this instrument often during his lifetime.

Identifier

DS-6

Coverage

West Virginia
Kentucky

Dulcimer type

E

Owner

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

Cataloged by

S. Conatser, Z. Law

Dimensions--overall

33 1/4" x 7 3/4" x 2 1/8"

Physical description

yellow poplar; hourglass-shaped dulcimer; upper bout is angular rather than curved; no nails; paint/stain chipping; headstock a carved scroll; pegs are hand-carved walnut, straight, not tapered; two pegs identical and larger than the third; solid fretboard; nut and bridge appear to be ebony; instrument fretted under one string; 14 frets, wire staples; sound holes are hearts, pointing in opposite directions; lightly incised hex signs on front and back; instrument in good condition

Geolocation

Citation

“Hex Dulcimer, KY/WV,” Appalachian Dulcimer Archive, accessed November 12, 2018, https://dulcimerarchive.omeka.net/items/show/60.