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Alpine Zither (Special Arion Model) by Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, 1900
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NMM 1271. Alpine zither (concert zither) by Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, 1900. Special Arion Model No. 64. Serial number 7859. 38 strings (5 melody, 33 accompaniment). Originally sold to A. D. Barnhart, April 23, 1900. Played by Mrs. George P. Sexauer, Brookings, South Dakota, first half 20th century. Gift of Verna S. Lippert, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1977.
Front, Side, and Back Views
Advertisement for Arion Zither in 1898 Schwarzer Catalog
The NMM's custom-made zither differs from the Arion model no. 62 shown above and the Arion model 64 described above in Schwarzer's 1898 catalog. Listed in Schwarzer's factory records as a "Special Arion model 64," the NMM's example features a second soundhole, shell, scroll, and three additional strings.
Zither Tuning Pins, Shell, and Scroll
Serial Number and Date Inscription
Date inscribed inside shell decoration: 4 - 30 - 00 [April 30, 1900].
According to Schwarzer factory serial number records, this zither was sold on April 23, 1900.
Primary Soundhole and Maker's Label
Lower End Bridges and Hitch Pins
Literature: "Research Projects Continue," Shrine to Music Museum, Inc. Newsletter 10, No. 4 (July 1983), p. 4.
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