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Hurdy Gurdy Instrument

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Origin United States
Period 19th Century
Materials Wood, Brass, Ebony, Ivory
Dimensions
W. 11 in; H. 28 in; D. 7.75 in;
W. 27.94 cm; H. 71.12 cm; D. 19.69 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date Circa 1820
Description This rare early 19th-century folk instrument was originally discovered in a Connecticut farm house 70 years ago where it had been for many generations. Constructed of soft maple with ivory inlay and brass upholstery tacks. Unknown origin. Circa 1820.

As a musical instrument, the Hurdy Gurdy resembles pieces that were made in France and England. Those examples were shop made and considerably more refined in their construction. The folk artisan who made this instrument used brass tacks and simple, almost crude inlays for decorative embellishments instead of sophisticated ebony and ivory inlays. The carved head is a true folk art expression.
Styles / Movements Americana, Folk Art
Incollect Reference Number 188713
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