Vega Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by the Vega Company in Boston, Massachusetts in 1924. The Vega Company was established in Boston in 1899. It is commonly known as an important manufacturer of banjos, but separate departments of the firm also marketed bowed-string and band instruments. The Vega Company was sold to the C. F. Martin guitar company in Nazareth, Pennsylvania in 1970. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, two-piece back of quarter cut maple with medium, irregular, descending figure, ribs of similar maple, bird’s-eye maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and reddish-orange varnish.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
violin
Date made
1924
maker
Vega Co.
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
Measurements
overall: 23 7/8 in x 8 1/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 60.6425 cm x 20.6375 cm x 8.89 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
1984.0185.01
catalog number
1984.0185.01
accession number
1984.0185
subject
Violins
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Violins
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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