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Harp-o-chord Harmonica/Zither

Harp-o-chord Harmonica/Zither

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Harmonicas
ID Number
1988.0783.570
patent number
627569
accession number
1988.0783
catalog number
1988.0783.570
Description

This instrument was made by an unknown maker in Columbus, Ohio, after 1899. It is a Harp-o-Chord model, combination harmonica and zither. The removable harmonica, in the key of G, has 10 single holes and 20 reeds. It has a red-stained wooden comb with metal cover plates attached to the top and bottom with screws and nuts. The zither is six course (3x1, 3x3) with a brown stained wood body, gold-stenciled sound hole, and printed instructions inside the body visible through the soundhole. The instrument has a metal tag:

HARP-O-CHORD

This instrument features U. S. Patent #627569, dated June 27 1899, by Carl E. Brown for a musical instrument.

Location
Currently not on view
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
place made
United States: Ohio, Columbus
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 1/2 in x 8 in x 11 in; 41.91 cm x 20.32 cm x 27.94 cm
Location
National Museum of American History
Object Name
harmonica/autoharp
Record ID
nmah_1306636