Jaw Harp


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The name Jaw Harp is a bit of a misnomer.  For 400 years, this instrument has been called a Jew’s Harp (or Jewes Harp) since its earliest known mention in 1595.  Prior to this, it was referred to as a “jewes trump”.  In Scotland and Northern Ireland, it was simply called a trump.

Archaeaologists have uncovered multiple such harps from James Fort. Some are on display at the Archaearium.