German Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made in Klingenthal, Germany around 1900. It is an inexpensive commercial instrument built without corner blocks and linings. The neck and top block are of beech in one piece. The violin was used as a shop-sign by the previous owner, which accounts for the weathered condition of the varnish and poor state of preservation of the instrument overall. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, one-piece back of plain beech, cut on the slab, ribs of similar beech cut on 45°, beech neck, pegbox and scroll, and semi-opaque reddish-brown varnish.
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Date made
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
beech (back material)
overall: 23 3/4 in x 8 in x 2 1/8 in; 60.325 cm x 20.32 cm x 5.3975 cm
Place Made
Deutschland: Sachsen, Klingenthal
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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
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