Object ID
Object Name
Date Created
Metal; Wood
Object Description
Mezenhauer's Guitar Zither, Special Niagra Model. Wooden case with metal strings and knobs. Applied sticker indicating Niagra model. Gold painted bar at bottom labeled with string names and/or chords and decorative detailing around center hole.
In September 1895 Friederich Menzenhauer (father of guitar-zither) was granted the first patent for a "Meetallophone Zither." At the end of 1896 his company Mezenhauer Guitar Zither Co leased a two story tin roofed building in Jersey City. In 1897 recieved a patent for a "Harp Cithern." This one belonged to Georgia's father Harry J Boolookas who arrived in the US in 1902.
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Zither, 1900, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/8474. Accessed 01/22/22.