Violin (3/4 size)

Description (Brief)
This violin was made in Mirecourt, France around 1880. In his 1880 catalog, J. Howard Foote places this instrument in the category of “Small Size, or Boys’ Violins, French Make, #5992 Three-quarter Size, fine model, inlaid, pearl edges, plain ebony trimmings ...$12.00 each.” The edge work on this violin bears a plain inner purfling with a second outer purfling of alternating pearl trapezoidal lozenges and stained black wooden inlay. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, one-piece back of field maple with irregular figure descending to the left, ribs of similar maple, plain maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and a semi-opaque reddish-purple varnish.
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Object Name
Date made
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 22 in x 6 15/16 in x 3 1/4 in; 55.88 cm x 17.62125 cm x 8.255 cm
Place Made
France: Lorraine, Mirecourt
ID Number
catalog number
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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 J. Howard Foote
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