Fruman Nickel Violin

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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
date made
Fruman, Felipe
Place Made
Argentina: Distrito Federal, Buenos Aires
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Sidney Fruman for the Fruman family in memory of Nathan Fruman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History