Fruman Nickel Violin

Description (Brief)
This Violin was made by Felipe Fruman in 1911, possibly in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The violin is made of nickel, and is etched "March 30 1911/FRUMAN" on the treble side upper bout, and "PATENT/FRUMAN” on the bass side upper bout. In Argentina, Fruman was known as a hairdresser and wig maker, but his musician’s business card declares Fruman's nickel violin to be "Patentado por el N.8949.” The patent detailed a process of making violins from bronze, steel, copper, and tin.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Fruman, Felipe
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
Place Made
Argentina: Distrito Federal, Buenos Aires
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 Sidney Fruman for the Fruman family in memory of Nathan Fruman
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