Thibouville-Lamy Violin (12 size)

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by the firm of Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, in Mirecourt, France around 1885-1895. The 1891 Thibouville-Lamy catalog lists this instrument as "No. O Violin ½ size, Medio Fino (brown or red) - each $2.60." Full size Medio Fino violins in this quality are advertised: "100 Medio-fino delivered in New York packing free $264.00." In this ½ size example, the fittings are of solid ebony, and the violin of semi-opaque reddish-brown color is scribed on the edges in imitation of purfling. The violin is made of a one-piece table of spruce with irregular grain, two-piece back of plain maple with similar plain ribs, and an original maple neck with pegbox and closed scroll.
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Object Name
Date made
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 20 in x 6 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 50.8 cm x 17.145 cm x 8.255 cm
Place Made
France: Lorraine, Mirecourt
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catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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