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.