I find it interesting that no year date was put on the label. How did you know it was made in 1980?
Hi Strumelia and thanks for your comments.
The label has the serial number 81480. Initially I thought this was rather high, even if you include the hammered dulcimers that Jim Fyhrie made, then wondered if it was the date in US format (not quite the same way round here in the UK). I managed to track down an email for Jim, now in Arkansas, who kindly responded and confirmed that it was the date for 14th August 1980.
I know my chances of adding to its story are incredibly slim but then again no harm in being optimistic.