Schramm Folk Fiddle


This folk fiddle was made by George Schramm around 1850. A true homemade instrument, it is a “Cigar-Box Violin” of trapezoidal outline with small center bouts and crude f-holes. The table and back are flat and bear pastiche-filled channels in imitation of purfling. The pegbox and closed scroll are similarly fanciful in execution. The instrument is accompanied by a cardboard, paper-lined case. This violin is made of a two-piece table of pine, back of plain American sycamore in one piece, ribs of similar sycamore, plain maple neck, elongated pegbox and compact, deeply cut scroll with one volute, and a thick opaque reddish-brown varnish.

Date Made: 1850-1875

Maker: Schramm, George

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0530.07Accession Number: 1981.0530Catalog Number: 1981.0530.07

Object Name: fiddle

Physical Description: pine (table material)sycamore (back material)maple (neck material)Measurements: overall: 25 in x 7 3/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 63.5 cm x 19.685 cm x 5.715 cm


Record Id: nmah_605627

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