The Instruments of Homer Ledford

Dulcimer Numbers 1 to 1000 (updated 1/22/2012)

(Listing Incomplete)

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1

1946

Jul

10

 

Southern Highlanders Inc Guild Shop

5th Ave

New York

NY

Old back

2

1946

Jul

10

 

Southern Highlanders Inc Guild Shop

5th Ave

New York

NY

Old back

3

1946

Sep

 

 

Ritchie, Edna

 

 

 

[number starred] Repaired for her 2-14-04 - original owner?

4

1946

Nov

 

 

Tennessee, Univ of

 

Knoxville

TN

[Teardrop-shaped body, notch in head of peg box] Wood (top) yellow poplar from Indian Fields Hotel - Clark Co., Ky. Over 100 yr old.

5

1947

 

 

 

Nadel, Eddie

 

Chicago

IL

 

6

1947

 

 

 

Poden, Dean S

 

Atlanta

GA

 

7

1947

 

 

 

Stall, Martha Jean

 

Louisville

KY

Old back, 2-pc back matched (special). Lives in Ky

8

1947

 

 

 

Kanai, Lincoln

 

 

HI

[Teardrop body], all black walnut, matched back joint inlaid - butternut top

9

1947

 

 

 

Hemphill, Jean

 

Far Rockaway

NY

[number circled] Exhibit dulcimer. [teardrop body, specialy curved pegbox], 2 piece inlaid back, all curly walnut except butternut top, 4 string. Do not duplicate!

51

 

 

 

 

Wray, Mrs Frank

116 Van Sickle Grove

Berea

KY

 

170

1955

 

 

 

Hunt, Mrs Roberta

1529 Teakwood Ave

Cincinnati

OH

Diamond-shaped sound holes. 7/22/75. Repaired (rebuilt) June 1975

249

 

 

 

 

Brock, Jane Marvin

 

 

 

 

250

 

 

 

 

Caldwell, Mrs Joseph A

 

Blountville

TN

 

 

1958

 

 

 

Bentley, Sylvia

2052 Manor Dr

Lexington

KY

Resold May 1988 at Cincinnati, Ohio, to Maureen Griffin, 6448 Gracely Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45233

651

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/17/2008 I have a Homer Ledford dulcimer    #651.   I purchased it in a musical instrument store in Mexico City about 1963.    The owner thought it was brought in by a diplomat (from an undisclosed country) who was given the instrument when he visited Kentucky.    The sound hole design is diamond....good condition but a small crack in the one edge side.
 
Randall Dinwiddie
Stehekin, Wa.

 

684

 

 

 

 

Schiller, Mrs J

7257 N Layman Ave

Indianapolis

IN

 

690

1963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shipped 6/7/71

700

1963

Jul

24

 

 

 

 

 

Heart-shaped sound holes. Shipped 6/18/71

726

 

 

 

 

Poteat, Clarissa

 

Greenville

SC

7/17/11 I own one of Homer Ledfords  dulcimers (#726). It was purchased in 1963 by my parents at the Southern Highlands Crafts Guild Show in Asheville. My name is Clarissa Poteat Crain and I live in Greenville SC.

734

1963

Dec

 

 

Wood, Sheila

 

 

 

 

746

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/26/2007 I am the original owner of Homer Ledford's dulcimer number 746. My parents bought it for me in the early 1960s at the "Traipsin' Woman" Festival at Jenny Wiley State Park. It is a three-stringed model with simple diamond sound holes and staple-type frets. The body appears to be butternut and the original friction pegs are of rosewood.
 
This instrument has traveled with me all over the US from Maine to California and barely survived a house fire about ten years ago that destroyed my Gibson banjo and mandolin and nearly got my Martin guitars.  Art Boebinger
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752

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Denmark. Phone 593-3572. Sold at same time as #2056

813

1964

Sep

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sold at same time as #2055

817

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/31/2009 Mr. Ledford's dulcimer #817 was purchased by Harold and Janet Kohn, who then lived in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They bought it in Gatlinburg.
Harold has died; the instrument still belongs to Janet Kohn, now living in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrew Kohn (son)

 

840

1964

Dec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

846

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/21/2009 I have a Homer Ledford dulcimer signed 'Homer C. Ledford #846, Winchester, KY'.  It was bought new by a fellow from a crafts sale in 1964.  I acquired it approximately 1970 and played it quite a bit.  It has 14 frets and no 6 1/2.  The two bottom strings are fretted.  The soundholes are diamond shaped.  It was damaged at some point and was repaired by Keith Davis, luthier from Hammond, LA in 2007.  He stated the top was butternut with the repairs being in walnut.  The tuning pegs are rosewood.  The back was thought to be curly black walnut.  It is an hour glass shape with  a curved peg head.  It has a one piece back.

I am Joe Polotzola from Amite, LA.

Thank you for adding this dulcimer to the list.

 

867

 

 

 

 

Richardson, Ken

 

 

 

 

896

1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phone 299-4988

927

 

 

 

 

Strode, Mrs Billy

 

Winchester

KY

 

978

1965

Aug

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Sold to Bob Hart, Mgr. All black walnut except top - white pine, maple pegs, 3 strings. No affixed number inside.

946

1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I also have another of Homer's works I bought from a Goodwill store in Dayton, Ohio. It is of walnut, has staple frets only under the first two strings (plus a long 3rd fret) and has mechanical tuners (original?). It is numbered 946, which should be ca. 1963.
Thank you for your continued good work,
  Curtis Carlisle Bouterse

 

979

1965

Aug

14

 

Fisher, Jennifer

3102 McMahan

Louisville

KY

9/3/2007 Hello! I wanted to update your listing of all the Ledford dulcimers. I have #979, written and signed by Mr. Ledford (in pencil) inside my dulcimer. My mother is from Kentucky, and I am in the process of finding out how she got it.

Thanks!
Sean Williams
Professor of Ethnomusicology
The Evergreen State College
Olympia, WA 98505

996

1965

 

 

 

Carter, Peggy

 

Houston

TX

3/20/2008  Homer Ledford Mt. Dulcimer # 996, purchased by Peggy Carter of Houston TX in Oct. 1965 at the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild Fair in Asheville, NC. 7/4/2007 Butternut top and walnut back and sides. Frets are under the 1st and middle strings, but 3rd fret is under all three strings.

997

1965

 

 

 

Coffee, Russ

4100 NW 15th Ave

Fort Lauderdale

FL

Special, heart-shaped sound holes 5/15/2009  Dear Sir,
My name is Russell Coffey, I am the owner of one of Homer’s Dulcimer. Before Homer passed, I had been in contact with him over the phone. I sent him my dulcimer to verify its authenticity and to  “touch it up” which he did. I am the verified owner and the dulcimer is perfect. I am writing to you to help spread the word that I am interested in selling it. I am a guitar player and as such never have occasion to play the dulcimer. This is my first “reach out” to those in the community that may have an interest. I also have the original box that Homer used to mail with along with a hand signed typed, on a typewriter, paper on Hints from Homer on how to play the plucked dulcimer. Lastly, there is one more signed information sheet with all the specs on this particular dulcimer from the 2003 Touching Up that Home sent when he returned the dulcimer. All and all this is really an unbelievable collection for the true dulcimer aficionado or collector. There is no finer representation of Homers work than this particular instrument. On a scale of 1 to 10, it is clearly a 10.

Russ Coffey

 

1000

1965

 

 

 

Fisher, Barbara

317 Banbury Rd

Winston Salem

NC