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University Chimes Bell Harmonica, Klingenthal, Germany, 1910-1931

NMM 7736.  University Chimes bell harmonica, Klingenthal, 
Germany, 1910-1931

NMM 7736.  University Chimes bell harmonica, Klingenthal, Germany, 1910-1931. This double-sided harmonica, with 48 reeds on each side, was offered for sale in Sears catalogs from 1910 through 1931. A metal arch runs along the center line between the two reed covers. Under the center of the arch are two cup-shaped bells, one above the other. A finger-operated lever on either side of the arch allows the bells to be rung while playing the harmonica. It carries the "Beaver Brand" name, and was probably made in the Klingenthal area of eastern Germany, near the border of the Czech Republic.  Alan G. Bates Collection, 2000.

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