This page shows more historic hook-harps in detail, as well as some pictures by artists who got inspired by this lovely instrument. For more photos, please visit Nancy Thym's webpage www.harptree.de
The harpist Nancy Thym (see photograph) even dresses up as a Harfenjule (female wandering harpists of the 18th and 19th centuries), which allows the public to imagine the life and playing of these women. Most of them came from Bohemia and started earning their life as wandering harpists as soon as they reached maturity. They travelled alone or with other musicians who sometimes were members of their own family. This groups were called Harfenkapellen. Fairs, city markets or spas were just but a few of the places they used to perform.
Goethe himself mentions a couple of encounters in his diaries, most of them took place in Karlsbad.