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
Marshall, John
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 24 in x 8 1/2 in x 4 in; 60.96 cm x 21.59 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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