Stainer Model Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by an unknown maker, possibly in Italy around 1878-1882. It has a reproduction Jacob Stainer label, and is curiously referenced as Italian in origin by the New York musical instrument dealer, J. Howard Foote. Foote, in his commercial musical instrument catalog of November 1880, describes his Italian violins as follows: ". . . these goods are often sold as French; their excellent quality, handsome models, choice wood, and beautiful varnish, being even more attractive than the French of similar grades." This violin, item number 5908 is listed as: "Fine Copy of Jacobus Stainer, bird's-eye maple back, elegant varnish - a little gem - ebony trimmings . . . $17.00 each." This violin is made of a table of cedar in one piece, bird’s-eye maple back, ribs, neck, pegbox and scroll, and a transparent yellow-orange varnish.
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overall: 23 5/8 in x 6 7/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 60.0075 cm x 17.4625 cm x 8.89 cm
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Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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