German Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made in Schönbach, Germany, around 1790. The instrument retains the original neck and top block of maple in one piece with a slot in the pegbox to accommodate a nut. The original bass-bar is unusually long. The instrument bears extensive repairs and retouching of the varnish. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, two-piece back of maple cut on 45o with even medium-fine gently ascending figure, ribs of similar maple, original top block in one piece with maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and a semi-opaque dark reddish-brown varnish.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (bacl material)
overall: 23 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 59.69 cm x 20.955 cm x 6.35 cm
Place Made
Česká Republika: Bohemia
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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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