Richael Folk Fiddle


This folk fiddle was made by Claude L. Richael of Grove City, Pennsylvania around 1930. It is unusual in that the corner blocks are glued to the outside of the ribs to form a traditional violin outline. Richael, in a letter from 1932, claimed that although he could “make more improvement in the outward appearance of the instrument,” the violin “is perfect in tonal properties from the first.” This violin is made of a two-piece table of pine, back and ribs of hardwood, maple neck, pegbox and scroll, stained mahogany fingerboard, and a heavy opaque reddish-brown varnish.

Date Made: 1932-1933

Maker: Richael, Claude L.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Grove City

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Credit Line: Gift of Claude L. Richael

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.364772Accession Number: 122570Catalog Number: 364772

Object Name: fiddle

Physical Description: pine (table material)hardwood (back material)Measurements: overall: 23 3/8 in x 7 13/16 in x 3 1/4 in; 59.3725 cm x 19.84375 cm x 8.255 cm


Record Id: nmah_605626

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