Richael Folk Fiddle

Description (Brief)
This folk fiddle was made by Claude L. Richael of Grove City, Pennsylvania around 1930. It is unusual in that the corner blocks are glued to the outside of the ribs to form a traditional violin outline. Richael, in a letter from 1932, claimed that although he could “make more improvement in the outward appearance of the instrument,” the violin “is perfect in tonal properties from the first.” This violin is made of a two-piece table of pine, back and ribs of hardwood, maple neck, pegbox and scroll, stained mahogany fingerboard, and a heavy opaque reddish-brown varnish.
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Object Name
date made
Richael, Claude L.
Physical Description
pine (table material)
hardwood (back material)
overall: 23 3/8 in x 7 13/16 in x 3 1/4 in; 59.3725 cm x 19.84375 cm x 8.255 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Grove City
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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 Claude L. Richael
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