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Zither; unknown maker; before 1860; MT1996.145.3

Zither; unknown maker; before 1860; MT1996.145.3
About this object
Zither; Alfred Quertier's chorded zither (commonly known as an autoharp). We understand that Alfred brought it with him to New Zealand in 1860.
Date Made
before 1860
Place Made
Medium and Materials
organic, vegetal, wood
processed material, metal
processed material, textile, felt

Inscription and Marks
labels attached depicting chords and notes
h 80mm x w 300mm x l 510mm

Subject and Association Keywords
genealogy/personal and family names
Credit Line
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.
Object Type
Object number

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Johanna Steiner15 Jan 2015 21:14 PM,UTC

I have a pretty specific question about this instrument. My chances are low but do you have any clue how this instrument is tuned? My grandfather had one of those types but he died ten years ago and never told anyone how it is tuned exactly. I have a few recordings of austrian christmas songs with it but I could never tell the way it is tuned.

Best regards,
Johanna Steiner