Schramm Folk Fiddle

Description (Brief)
This folk fiddle was made by George Schramm around 1850. A true homemade instrument, it is a “Cigar-Box Violin” of trapezoidal outline with small center bouts and crude f-holes. The table and back are flat and bear pastiche-filled channels in imitation of purfling. The pegbox and closed scroll are similarly fanciful in execution. The instrument is accompanied by a cardboard, paper-lined case. This violin is made of a two-piece table of pine, back of plain American sycamore in one piece, ribs of similar sycamore, plain maple neck, elongated pegbox and compact, deeply cut scroll with one volute, and a thick opaque reddish-brown varnish.
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Object Name
date made
Schramm, George
Physical Description
pine (table material)
sycamore (back material)
maple (neck material)
overall: 25 in x 7 3/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 63.5 cm x 19.685 cm x 5.715 cm
Place Made
United States
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
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