German Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made in Schonbach, Bohemia around 1880. In his 1880 catalog, J. Howard Foote describes this Saxon violin in “a line of cheap German violins, which for workmanship and finish is not equaled by any other line imported .... made by hand, in the good old-fashioned way, and not ground out of a mill.” The instrument is listed as cat. #5854, “Excellent quality, finely finished, with fancy pictures, gilding and flowers on back, fancy trimmings, veneered fingerboard ... $45.90 per dozen.” The violin bears a reproduction Stradivari label and is made of a two-piece spruce table, one-piece maple back, ribs, neck, pegbox and scroll of maple, and the back of the violin is ornamented with three colorful decals.
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Date made
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 35.8 cm x 20.6 cm; 14 1/8 in x 8 1/8 in
overall: 23 3/8 in x 7 3/16 in x 2 3/4 in; 59.3725 cm x 18.25625 cm x 6.985 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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