Jew's Harp - Jew’s harps now referred to as (jaw harps) were among the items traded by peddlers in the early American settlements, and later entertained the pioneers on their long treks west. As well as frequently recovered from Civil War campsites. These unique little musical instruments gained their popularity during the Civil War. There are examples in The Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia, by Francis Lord. In his description he states “Because they are small and inexpensive, the Jew’s Harp was a favorite with many soldiers to pass away the time in camp.
Inventory Number - MUS 036