Teardrop-Shaped Dulcimer, WV/KY Border

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Title

Teardrop-Shaped Dulcimer, WV/KY Border

Description

David Schnaufer described this 3-string teardrop-shaped instrument as a 20th century dulcimer of unknown provenance. It appears that this instrument could have been made in stages by more than one maker judging by the differences in quality of workmanship.

Identifier

DS-3

Coverage

West Virginia
Kentucky

Dulcimer type

D

Owner

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

Cataloged by

S. Conatser, Z. Law

Dimensions--overall

39 1/2" x 6 3/4" x 1 3/4"

Physical description

top cherry; back stained pine; headstock oak and walnut with ebony trim; fretboard poorly-stained mahogany; top and back not flat but carved out in a bow-shape; possible remains of 4 feet; 2 oval sound holes with elaborately-carved vine design; V-shaped carved scroll, with 3 ebony friction tuners; 4 frets present, at least 8 others missing; some evidence of wear

Geolocation

Citation

“Teardrop-Shaped Dulcimer, WV/KY Border,” Appalachian Dulcimer Archive, accessed September 20, 2020, https://dulcimerarchive.omeka.net/items/show/65.