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Jew's harp

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Consists of a slender tongue of flattened steel wire fixed by one end to the base of an onion-shaped loop. The free end of the tongue passing between the two branches of the frame is bent at a 90-degree angle and has a small loop.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

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Length 8.9 cm, width 4.4 cm, thickness 0.7 cm (Length 3 1/2 in., width 1 3/4 in., thickness 1/4 in.)

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Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones