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  • Object: Guitar

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0001a Guitar Kay Musical Instrument Company African American Illinois Date: ca. 1951 Materials: Wood, plastic & metal Map via: http://www.BestPlaces.net This semi-acoustic guitar was formerly owned by Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins and originally manufactured by Kay Musical Instrument Company during the [...]

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  • Object: Helmet

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0178b Helmet Prussian/German Germany Date: 1916 Material: Leather, metal Photo via: WHKMLA: Historical Atlas, Prussian History This helmet is a standard model Prussian pickelhaube, an iconic emblem of the Prussian Army and of Imperial Germany. The name roughly translates to [...]

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  • Object: Mouth Organ

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0581s Mouth Organ (sheng) Chinese China Unknown date: prior to 1977 Materials: bamboo, metal This object is a mouth organ, or sheng from China. According to Chinese mythology the sheng was invented by Ling Lun, the legendary founder of music. [...]

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