Alpine Zither (Salzburger form) attributed to Johann Halswanter, Munich, ca. 1880-1890
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NMM 12563. Alpine zither (Salzburger form) attributed to Johann Halswanter, Munich, ca. 1880-1890. 32 strings (5 melody, 27 accompaniment). Body: 560 mm long, 222 mm wide at bottom; fretboard: 351 mm long. Labelled: MADE TO ORDER / FOR / PROF. J. SCHWEMBERGER. Ex coll.: John Schwemberger, Minneapolis; John Christian Scherer III, Director, Twin Cities Zither Club, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul and Jean Christian Collection, 2006.
Zither Head, Fretboard, and Tuning Pins
According to a handwritten note preserved with this zither, Prof. John Schwemberger sold this zither to his pupil, John C. Scherer III, on October 12, 1894. Schwemberger, who offered zither lessons at his No. 25 South Second Street studio, was the sole agent in Minneapolis for zithers made by Halswanter and K. Hof.
Lower End Bridges and Hitch Pins
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