Weber Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Robert Weber in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1930. Robert Weber was born in Germany in 1865 and was exposed to the craft of woodworking through his father, a carriage maker. He later received formal training in violin making. In 1888 Robert Weber immigrated to the United States, setting up his violin shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he remained until his death in 1947, at the age of 82. A quartet (two violins, one viola, one cello) of his instruments was displayed at the Chicago Exposition of 1893. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce with irregular medium grain broadening toward the flanks, two-piece back of maple cut on the quarter with irregular medium ascending figure, ribs of similar maple, original neck, pegbox and scroll of mild medium figured maple, and a golden orange-brown varnish.
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Object Name
date made
Weber, Robert
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 23 7/16 in x 8 1/8 in x 3 7/8 in; 59.53125 cm x 20.6375 cm x 9.8425 cm
Place Made
United States: Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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 Joseph G. Strawitz
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