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    Posted 3 years ago

    weedyt
    (2 items)

    We found this strange device while clearing my late father's house.
    The piece through the middle is quite flexible, almost like a leaf spring. The decoration is only impressed on one side - the other side has an 'ENGLAND' stamp but anything else like a makers mark is worn to pretty much nothing.
    Can anyone satisfy our curiosity?!

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    1. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 3 years ago
      I believe it's called a Juice Harp a Musical device you play with your mouth.
      Stuff
    2. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 3 years ago
      Other names are Jew's Harp Jaw Harp.
      Stuff
    3. weedyt, 3 years ago
      So it is.
      Thanks for the very quick reply.
      Mystery solved!
    4. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 3 years ago
      Welcome to CW!! Stick around it's a great site to see and solve STUFF!!
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      If you want to hear the sound:
      https://youtu.be/K4oyKRiuS_w
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Here is another one
      https://youtu.be/RtvRkD1gF7g
    7. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      I have an old one hanging on a hook out in my shop. Depends on the part of the country you are in but Juice & Jews harp both apply.
    8. weedyt, 3 years ago
      It's an intriguing instrument!
      As a side note, my paternal grandmother was born Jewish, so I wonder if her husband brought it as a kind of joke - although, as she fled Germany in the late 1930s, it would have been in pretty poor taste!
    9. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      It wasn't at all a joke or in bad taste. Actually it was originally spelled "lewes harp". They were quite popular in Europe especially Austria long ago.
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      It is one of the oldest instruments in the world and historians think it came from Asia to Europe. It has spread to almost every country in the world.

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