Gemünder Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by George Gemünder in Astoria (Queens), New York in 1881. As Gemünder's business flourished, his popularity and subsequent financial success allowed him to move his shop to Astoria, Long Island in 1874. George Gemünder experimented with wood in search of an “ideal” sound. This violin, in the model of Stradivari, is made of a two-piece table of spruce, a back of American maple in two pieces cut on the quarter with even ascending medium-fine figure, ribs of similar American maple, a grafted maple neck with original American maple pegbox and scroll, and transparent reddish-orange varnish.
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Object Name
date made
Gemunder, George
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 23 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 60.325 cm x 20.955 cm x 8.89 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Queens, Astoria
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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 Mr. Earl W. Dorfman
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