Albert "Concert" Violin


This violin was made by John Albert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876. Albert, born in Freiburg, Germany, was a lawyer and an amateur violin maker who immigrated to America in 1848. He settled in Philadelphia and quickly established an excellent reputation as a violin maker. This Albert "Concert Violin" was a prize-winning entry at the 1876 Centennial Exposition. John Albert died in 1887 after a long collaboration with his son, E. J. Albert. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, back of North American maple cut on the slab with strong, irregular, horizontal figure, ribs of similar North American maple, mildly figured maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and a semi-transparent reddish-brown varnish.

Date Made: 1876

Maker: Albert, John

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Credit Line: Gift of Frances F. Wilkins

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0781.01Accession Number: 1981.0781Catalog Number: 1981.0781.01

Object Name: violin

Physical Description: spruce (table material)maple (back material)Measurements: overall: 23 3/4 in x 8 in x 3 1/2 in; 60.325 cm x 20.32 cm x 8.89 cm


Record Id: nmah_605482

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