Castor Folk Fiddle

Description:

This fiddle was made by John Castor of Piney Woods, Mississippi in 1850. This folk violin from traditional violin shape has “filled” center bouts, creating a “guitar-type” outline. The instrument bears a strengthening bar inside the body extending from bottom to top block. This fiddle is made of a one-piece table of pine, one-piece back of irregularly figured maple, ribs of similar maple, maple (?) neck, pegbox and plain “handle” in hammer shape. The back of the fiddle bears a label that reads: “Made by John Castor, “Piney Woods” near / Woodville, Miss. in 1850. He was left / handed, and the best jig fiddler in / the whole country. Castor heard Charles / Wyn(er) (?) (a pupil of de Beriot) play and / out of gratitude gave him this violin. / Wyn(er) (?) gave it to William Feltus, he to / Thomas M. Wetherill, my brother, and / my brother to me, Mayer Wetherill / in 1857.”

Date Made: 1850

Maker: Castor, John

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Mississippi, Piney Woods

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Credit Line: Gift of Louis Krasner

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.69.14Accession Number: 282344Catalog Number: 69.14

Object Name: fiddle

Physical Description: pine (table material)maple (back material)Measurements: overall: 23 7/8 in x 8 1/8 in x 4 in; 60.6425 cm x 20.6375 cm x 10.16 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-38a9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_605623

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