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Wooden harp. October 1997, identification by Andrew Dipper, Claire Givens Violins, Inc: Irish Romantic Revival thirty-string hook harp presumably made in Dublin or Belfast circa 1880. Possibly made by James McFall of Belfast. According to Rosalind Connor, great granddaughter of James McFall: Harp made by James McFall; a very distinctive style, but he did not always mark his work. He was a very religious man, who had trained as a monk at Mount Mellory, before he fell in love with the woman who would become his wife. Many of his harps went to convents and clergy. He was not interested in making money. Despite the fact that he and his sons had a lucrative furniture-making business, he dedicated himself increasingly to harp making (1900-1948), which would eventually lose him money.
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