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The Snake Handler's Violin

Check out this old Appalachian cigar box violin that came up for sale online.

Like most stuff I seem to find, not much is known other than what you can see in the photo.

It appears to be what you would think is an early American "Don't tread on me," snake,  but is most likely from a Snake Handlers church as they are a church group also from Appalachia, the same area this violin came from...talk about a WOW piece of Americana.

Have a gander at this!