“Horn Violin” Patent Model


This “Horn Violin” was patented by Sewall Short of New London, Connecticut in 1854 and received U.S. Patent number 10,867. The violin was made by Derazey in Mirecourt, France around 1850. Short’s patent application describes fitting a brass “horn” and pegbox to the body and neck of a normal violin. By hollowing the wooden neck, sound vibrations are transmitted from the body through the amplifying “horn.” The tone and power of the instrument was said to be much improved. The violin neck has been overlaid with brass for strength and is made of a table of one-piece spruce, one-piece maple back with irregular fine to broad horizontal figure, ribs of medium figured maple, brass covered maple neck and pegbox with attached “horn” bell, and an orange-brown varnish.

Date Made: 1854

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, New London

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.251398Accession Number: 48889Catalog Number: 251398Patent Number: 10,867

Object Name: violinObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: spruce (table material)maple (back material)Measurements: overall: 25 in x 8 1/4 in x 5 1/8 in; 63.5 cm x 20.955 cm x 13.0175 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-4049-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_606744

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