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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
violin
date made
1782
maker
Widhalm, Martin Leopold
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
Measurements
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
1985.0794.01
accession number
1985.0794
catalog number
1985.0794.01
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Violins
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Violins
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Evelyn A. Johnstone
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