American, probably Pennsylvania, Hammered Dulcimer, early 19th century
This hammered dulcimer, probably by Busson, has a standard rectangular polychromed wood body with either satin-wood or boxwood stringing and floral marquetry. There are fifty-five hand wrought iron tuning pins, two soundholes with six cut circular designs, and hinged covers over pin-blocks. The five-fold leather bellows have decorative papers, and there are ten natural and nine accidental levers with pearl caps. There are two long brass levers with two brass levers for bass. The base is laquered black with white. Measurements: length: 310mm, lower width: 39″, upper width: 22-5/8″, sides: 13″.
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