Marshall Violin

Marshall Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by John Marshall in London, England in 1759. John Marshall worked in New Street, near Covent Garden, London, in the mid-18th century. This instrument retains the original bass-bar, interior blocks and linings. The original neck was reset and fitted with a wedge under the ebony fingerboard. Table wear between the f-holes indicates variable bridge placement. It is clear that a bridge was once located 14 mm. below the f-notches, a geometry not infrequently found in iconographic depictions of 18th-century bridge locations. The instrument is equipped with 18th-century fittings, including a solid ebony tailpiece inlaid with a marine snail-shell diamond ornament and two mother-of-pearl eyes. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, two-piece back of maple with irregular medium gently ascending figure, ribs of maple with irregular fine figure, faintly figured maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and a transparent orange-brown varnish.
Date made
1759
maker
Marshall, John
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
Measurements
overall: 24 in x 8 1/2 in x 4 in; 60.96 cm x 21.59 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
MI.68.02
catalog number
68.02
accession number
274966
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Violins
Exhibition
The American Revolution: A World War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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