Nice job on the pegs Dan!
Lisa the embellishments are black ink of some sort. The piece listed in Smith's Catalogue (D52) dated 1881 has the same type markings. The author describes the work as "carving" but I don't think it is any different from this piece. I just made those pegs!!! It will hold the dulcimore as well as the tuning......lol and thanks!
Can you tell what the paint colors were on those scallop designs? Green and red?
I admit I'm a bit nervous seeing it hang by only the pegs though, Dan.