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Kenneth G. Fiske Museum

Plucked and Hammered Strings

Mandolines, Mandora, Lutes, Lute-Guitars, Guitars, Guitar-mandolin, Guitar-theorboe, Bass guitar, Cittern, Ukulele, Banjo-Ukulele, Banjos, Dulcimers, Zithers, Mouth-Bow, Harps



S44 Mandoline (Neapolitan), Joanies Vinaccia, Naples, 1763.

S43 Mandolin (Neapolitan), Italy, 19th century.

S82 Mandolin, J. Schwarz, Vienna, ca. 1900.

S45 Flower & Groehsl, Chicago, ca. 1910. "May Flower" model, with bowl-back and

mother-of-pearl inlay around soundhole.

S78 Gibson Co., Kalamazoo, 1918. Style A7, serial no. 40161.  Pear-shaped body.

S46 Harmony & Co., Chicago, ca. 1925. Style S41, serial no. 191 H355.

Flat-backed model.

S89 Jose Ramirez, Madrid, 1969.



ES64 Guitar-shaped mandolin, S.O. Allison, St. Louis, Missouri, ca. 1910.



S47 Mandora, Presbler School, 1783. Fourteen strings.



S89 Goldklang, Germany, 1960.

S91 Lute, probably Italian origin, 17th century modified during the late 19th century. The neck has been gilded and extended to hold six bass strings, and the rose was added and gilded.  Originally there were two courses of five strings and one single string.  The original, 17th century wooden case is preserved.




S48 Lute-Guitar probably of German origin, late 19th century.

S49 Lute-Guitar of German origin, late 19th century.  Woman’s head finial.

ES111 Lute-Guitar of German origin, early 20th century.



S51 Guitar probably of French origin, ca. 1830. Ivory pegs, machine tuning

heads, moustache bridge.

S52 Guitar probably of French origin, ca. 1830. Sagital pegs, cutaway


S50 Guitar, Christian Frederick Martin, Nazareth, ca. 1850. Style 2-34. Ivory

binding on front, back, and fingerboard; mother-of-pearl inlay around sound

hole. With original case.

S77 Guitar, Guitar by James Ashborn, Wolcotville, CT, serial no. 4416, 1858-60, sold by Firth,

Pond & Co, New York.

S54 Guitar probably of Austrian origin, ca. 1880. Six playing strings and six

drone strings known as a "Schrammel" guitar.

ES45 Folk Guitar, American origin, early 20th century. Eight strings.

ES42 Keykord (Guitar with buttons for playing chords), attributed to Regal,

Chicago, ca. 1930.

S81 Guitar, Washburn (Lyon & Healy), Chicago, ca. 1935. Serial. no. 225837.

S48 Guitar, Hermann Hauser II, Reisbach, 1960.  Serial no. 800.

S87 Guitar, José Ramírez, Madrid, 1960.  Made by Paulino Bernabé Almendariz.

S85 Guitar, José Ramírez, Madrid, 1969, Flamenco model, 1969.  Serial no. 3,728.  Made by Ignacio Manzano Rozas.

S86 Guitar, José Ramírez, Madrid, 1969.  Serial no. 3,418.  Made by Manuel Caceres Pizarro.



S55 Guitar-Theorboe of German origin, early 20th century. Six strings, four

drone strings.


Bass Guitar

S53 Bass or Harp Guitar, Gibson Co., Kalamazoo, ca. 1915. Style U, serial no.

41700. Six strings, ten bass strings.



ES63 Ukulele, Fred Gretsch, Sr., Brooklyn, New York, early 20th century.

ES77 Ukulele of American origin, marked “The Globe Registered,” ca. 1920.



ES62 Banjo-Ukulele, American origin, early 20th century. Metal resonator, four strings.



ES60 Banjo of American origin, 1885-1890. Five strings.

ES61 Banjo, Attributed to S. Stewart, Philadelphia, ca. before 1889. Five strings.

ES56 Folk Banjo of American origin, ca. 1900.  Wooden head, five strings.

ES46 Banjo of American origin, 20th century.  Five strings.



ES57 Piccolo balalaika of American origin, early 20th century.  Marked “La Melodia Russian Balalaika no. 915”  Made for six strings currently set up for four strings.

ES58 Bass balalaika, Bernard Fritzsch, Cincinnati, 1931.  Six strings.

ES59 Contrabass balalaika of American origin, 20th century.  Five strings.

ES121 Piccolo balalaika, Musikhaus Anton Raab, Göppingen-Geislingen, ca. 1969.



P48 Large dulcimer called a "Piano-Harp", James A. MacKenzie, Minneapolis, ca. 1877.  This instrument may be plucked or played with hammers.

ES14 Hammer Dulcimer, US origin, late 19th century.

ES15 Hammer Dulcimer, US origin, late 19th century.

ES16 Cimbalom, of Hungarian origin, ca. 1900.

ES1 Appalachian Dulcimer, Jethro Amburgey, Hindman, Kentucky, 1933.



ES72 Concert zither, Georg Tiefenbrunner II, Munich, late 19th century.  Five melody, thirteen accompanying, and fourteen bass strings.

ES2 Harp zither, of German or Austrian origin, ca. 1900. 5 melody and 30 bass


ES5 Chord zither, "American Mandolin Harp" of American origin, ca. 1900. 41 metal


ES70 Harp zither, K. Kiendl, Vienna, early 20th century. 5 melody strings, 24 drone strings.

ES4 Chord zither, "Zithoharp", Bredshall & Faber, Chicago, ca. 1910. 41 metal

strings, 20 horizontal, 21 vertical, style E.

ES118 “Concert grand” zither, Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, ca. 1898, serial no. 7482.  Forty three strings (five melody and thirty eight bass).

ES106 "Arion" zither, Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, ca. 1907, serial no.

9454. Forty two strings (five melodey and thirty seven bass).

ES3 "Concert" zither, Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, ca. 1913, serial

no. 10170. Thirty three strings (five melody and twenty eight bass).

ES78 Keyed zither, "Marxophone", Marx Co., Jersey City, New Jersey, ca. 1930.

ES123 Hawaiian Tremoloa, Manufacturers Advertising Co., Jersey City, New Jersey, ca. 1940, 17 strings with a tremolo bar.

ES107 Autoharp, Marx Co., Jersey City, New Jersey, ca. 1950.



S56 Harp of French origin, ca. 1820. Forty strings, single-action, seven pedals.
S92 Harp, Erard frères, Paris, ca. 1830. Forty-three strings, double-action, seven pedals, serial no. 1071.