Schulz Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Carl Schulz in Bismark, North Dakota in 1954. Carl Schulz was born in Germany in 1878, trained as a professional trumpet player and performed in New York under Walter Damrosch
and John Philip Sousa. He later turned to farming, moving to North Dakota in 1921. After retirement in 1945 he became interested in violin making, and by 1956 had completed 18 violins and one cello, all of imported European wood. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, one-piece back of maple with fine horizontal figure, ribs of similar maple, moderately figured maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and a bright transparent orange-red varnish.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Schulz, Carl
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 23 1/2 in x 8 3/8 in x 3 in; 59.69 cm x 21.2725 cm x 7.62 cm
Place Made
United States: North Dakota, Bismarck
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 Mrs. Emilie Schulz
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