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Playing a Jew's harp

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Playing a Jew’s harp—enjoying a little music in the Virginia wilderness. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)

A large assortment of iron and brass Jew’s harps (also known as Jew’s trumps) have been found. This small instrument is lyre-shaped, and when placed between the teeth gives tones from a bent metal tongue when struck by the finger. Modulation of tone is produced by changing the size and shape of the mouth cavity.

Author
The Project Gutenberg EBook of New Discoveries at Jamestown by John L. Cotter J. Paul Hudson Published 1957
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America, Jamestown
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