Albert "Concert" Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by John Albert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876. Albert, born in Freiburg, Germany, was a lawyer and an amateur violin maker who immigrated to America in 1848. He settled in Philadelphia and quickly established an excellent reputation as a violin maker. This Albert "Concert Violin" was a prize-winning entry at the 1876 Centennial Exposition. John Albert died in 1887 after a long collaboration with his son, E. J. Albert. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, back of North American maple cut on the slab with strong, irregular, horizontal figure, ribs of similar North American maple, mildly figured maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and a semi-transparent reddish-brown varnish.
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Object Name
date made
Albert, John
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 23 3/4 in x 8 in x 3 1/2 in; 60.325 cm x 20.32 cm x 8.89 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Frances F. Wilkins
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

1/25/2016 2:10:28 AM
Samantha Storm
Is there anyway to distinguish between a John Albert violin and those of his sons? Thank you, Samantha
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