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Plucked Dulcimer Used by Jean Ritchie

November 9

This teardrop shaped plucked dulcimer was made by George Pickow for his bride, American folk musician Jean Ritchie, as a wedding gift.

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Plucked Dulcimer used by Jean Ritchie

Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)

This teardrop shaped plucked dulcimer was made by George Pickow in Viper, Kentucky in 1951. The body is made of walnut, poplar, and maple. The fingerboard is half-fretted and the top has two heart-shaped sound holes. The scroll is exceptionally hand-carved.

Pickow made this dulcimer for Jean Ritchie as a wedding gift, and it was completed nine months after their marriage in September of 1950. The dulcimer was played by American folk music singer and songwriter, and Appalachian dulcimer player, Jean Ritchie (1922-2015).

Location
Currently not on view
user
Ritchie, Jean
maker
Pickow, George
date made
1951
Credit Line
Gift of Peter Pickow
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 34 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 87.63 cm x 19.685 cm x 6.35 cm
overall: 34 in x 7 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 86.36 cm x 19.685 cm x 6.985 cm
Object Name
dulcimer
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
ID Number
2015.0234.01
accession number
2015.0234
catalog number
2015.0234.01
place made
United States: Kentucky, Viper