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Jack Basham (1883-1946)  & Vera Johnson


Jack Basham was born in Erpingham, North Norfolk in 1883 and worked as a carpenter. In later years he lived in Wyndham Street, Sheringham, North Norfolk with his wife Florence. He performed in a group which played in local pubs and clubs which sometimes entailed him dressing up as a lady. There is photo of him playing guitar and he made and played this dulcimer in c.1920s.


His daughter, Vera Johnson, continued to play the dulcimer and the photo above shows her playing at a Christmas party in 1985.

Her repertoire included popular song tunes and this list of tunes was in the dulcimer case when it was donated to Sheringham Museum in 2005 by Jack Basham's grand-daughter Joyce Rowe, who lived just along the coast in Weybourne.


A dulcimer made and played by Jack Basham and then played by his daughter Vera Johnson.

Now in the collection at Sheringham Museum.














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Dimensions of this dulcimer


Photo descriptions & sources

Main photo: Vera Johnson playing the dulcimer.

a. Jack Basham's dulcimer front (John Howson)

b. Jack Basham's dulcimer back (JH)

c. Jack Basham's dulcimer front (JH)

d. Jack Basham's dulcimer stand (JH)

e. Jack Basham's dulcimer 'Vera' plaque (JH)

f.  Jack Basham's dulcimer bridges  (JH)

g. Jack Basham's dulcimer sound hole (JH)

h. Jack Basham's dulcimer decoration (JH)

i. Jack Basham's dulcimer decoration (JH)

j. Tuning keys  (JH)

k. Beaters (JH)

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