Widhalm Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Leopold (Martin) Widhalm in Nuremberg, Germany in 1782. He was the eldest son of violin maker Leopold Widhalm (1722-1776). His work is generally less refined than that of his father, with rather narrow purfling close to the rounded edge. This Widhalm example in the style of Stainer is typical, with a rather high built arching that is broad in the breast area with narrow edge and purfling set into pronounced channelling. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, back of maple in two pieces cut on quarter with mild, fine gently descending figure, ribs of similar maple, grafted neck onto the original maple peg-box and scroll, and a semi-transparent orange-brown varnish.
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Object Name
date made
Widhalm, Martin Leopold
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 23 1/2 in x 8 in x 4 in; 59.69 cm x 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
Place Made
Deutschland: Bayern, Nuremberg
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 Mrs. Evelyn A. Johnstone
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