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April 8, 2011

Silver fife

Filed under: Item of the Day — Adam Harris @ 11:19 am

Silver fife

Metal fife owned by Joseph Renshaw Brown, fur trader, territorial legislator, editor of Minnesota Pioneer newspaper, Indian agent and Major during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.  Fife has six finger holes and a lead “cheater” or fipple mouthpiece attached with a brass screw. Cork plug above mouthpiece is still present. Circa 1850s.

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