Any help with what this is please

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    joanne oneil on #255695

    Hi everyone I’m looking for some information on the following if anyone can help please. It measures 68 cms at the tallest point feels lightweight I’m not sure what it’s made from and am interested to know, it’s missing a string which I’m not sure is repairable or worth being repaired I’ve been told it could be a curiosity harp or travel harp but that’s all I’ve checked inside for any markings there are none whatsoever so far any advice will be much appreciated as I’m not sure what to do with it thanks so much Joanne

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    joanne oneil on #255696

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    paul-knoke on #255710

    It appears to have hooks above the guide pins. This is an indication to me that it was never a playable instrument.

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    Tacye on #255766

    How very odd – it looks like the hooks were intended to change the pitch of two notes (maybe Cs and Fs) by increasing tension above the pins. Definitely unconventional. But the Morley history makes me suspect it was more than an ornament.

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