Scandinavian Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by an unknown Scandinavian maker around 1869. There is a handwritten pencil inscription on the back that reads: “Joh. Traxler(t). 1869.” Having never been opened since it was built, this violin provides an opportunity to study one maker’s intentions and techniques. The violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce cut on the quarter, a back of slab maple in one piece with mild, horizontal figure, ribs of similar maple, plain beech wood neck, pegbox and scroll, and a stained pear wood fingerboard.
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overall: 24 in x 7 7/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 60.96 cm x 20.0025 cm x 8.255 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Jean E. and Michael D. Becker
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