Box of Bow Grips


These bow grips were made by an undetermined maker, provenance and date undetermined. The grips are made of felt. Accessioned with generic cardboard box. The grips sold individually for $1.00.

This item was sold by Albert Moglie (b. Dec. 16, 1890, Rome; d. June 9, 1988, Washington DC), who operated a violin shop in Washington DC for 65 years from 1922 until 1987. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to Antonio Sgarbi; he then worked under Luigi Enbergher, Giuseppe Rossi and Rodolfo Fredi, all of Rome. He later was a student of Hippolyte Sylvestre in Paris and Leandro Bisiach in Milan.

Albert Moglie came to America at the age of 24 to work for the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, first in Cincinnati and then New York City in 1916. By 1917 he had established his own shop in New York at 1431 Broadway. He moved to Washington DC in 1922.

Moglie enjoyed a fine reputation in Washington as a violin restorer, and is especially remembered as the caretaker of the Gertrude Clark Whittall Stradivari quartet of instruments at the Library of Congress, an association that began in the 1930s and lasted more than 50 years. This string display unit was from the Moglie shop.

The Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, Archives Center houses additional information on the life and career of Albert F. Moglie:

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Albert F. Moglie and Lorette M. Moglie

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2018.3081.146Catalog Number: 2018.3081.146Nonaccession Number: 2018.3081

Object Name: bow grips, box of

Physical Description: felt (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7/8 in x 4 5/16 in x 4 1/2 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.95375 cm x 11.43 cm


Record Id: nmah_1891760

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