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Annotated Checklist of Langeleiks

NMM 1140.  Langeleik, Norway, ca. 1800-1850

NMM 1140. Langeleik, Norway, ca. 1800-1850


Foster, David
Hansen, Lars
Larson, Arne B.

Checklist in Chronological Order

NMM 1140. Langeleik, Norway, ca. 1800-1850. Brought to Decorah, Iowa, about 1860. Six turned, friction pegs; drone string pegs inserted into side of sound box. Sixteen wooden frets. Hand-carved finial with floral motif attached to pegbox at right angle. Interior braces visible on sides of sound box. No extant drone-string bridges, although wear markings are consistent with their use. Incised lines along top and bottom edges of sides. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

NMM 4980. Langeleik, possibly by Lars[h?] Hansen, Toten or Eidsvold (near Oslo), Norway, ca. 1900-1915. Two carved pegboxes with scrolls on opposite ends of instrument, placed on opposite sides, allowing room to hitch strings. Eight strings (two melody, six drone). No extant bridges. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

NMM 4977. Langeleik by Arne B. Larson, Vermillion, 1969. Reproduction based on NMM 1140. Pegbox integral to sides of sound box with open top and bottom. Laterally-inserted friction pegs. Eleven, unfinished wooden frets. Multiple wooden braces adhered to interior joints of sound box. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

NMM 13068. Langeleik by David Foster, Minneapolis, 1973. Body expands slightly two-thirds the length of sound box, narrowing to saddle end. Pegbox similar to guitar headstock (flat and bent back) with two cut-out sections where strings attach to pegs. Eight strings (five drone strings in pegbox). No pegs inserted into sound box (as is traditional for lower drone strings); wrapped bass strings. Paul and Jean Christian Collection, 2006.

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