Package of Bichromate of Potash

Package of Bichromate of Potash

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This package of Bichromate of Potash, or Potassium Dichromate, is a water-soluble chemical stain that reacts with the tannin in wood, used to accelerate natural aging and darkening. This material is stored in a violin string paper pouch. Handwritten on the back of the package:

Bicromate [sic] of Potash.

This object was used by Albert Moglie (b. December 16, 1890, Rome; d. June 9, 1988, Washington DC), instrument maker and restorer, and proprietor of a violin shop in Washington DC for 65 years from 1922 until 1987. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to Antonio Sgarbi and subsequently worked under Luigi Enbergher, Giuseppe Rossi and Rodolfo Fredi, all of Rome. Following these apprenticeships, Moglie was a student of Hippolyte Sylvestre in Paris and Leandro Bisiach in Milan.

Albert Moglie came to America at the age of 24 to work for the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, first in Cincinnati and then New York City in 1916. By 1917 he had established his own shop in New York at 1431 Broadway. He moved to Washington DC in 1922.

Moglie enjoyed a fine reputation in Washington as a violin restorer and is especially remembered as the caretaker of the Gertrude Clark Whittall Stradivari quartet of instruments at the Library of Congress, an association that began in the 1930s and lasted more than 50 years.

The Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, Archives Center houses additional materials on the life and career of Albert F. Moglie:

https://sova.si.edu/record/NMAH.AC.0283

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bichromate of potash, package of
user
Moglie, Albert F.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
inorganic material (bichromate of potassium) (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 4 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 10.795 cm x 10.4775 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
1987.0501.019
catalog number
1987.0501.019
accession number
1987.0501
Credit Line
Gift of Albert F. and Lorette M. Moglie
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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