Mills Violin Support

Mills Violin Support

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This violin support was made by H & M Music Specialties Corp. in Detroit, Michigan, after 1949. It is a Mills clip-on style violin support, with a metal frame, covered with padding and fabric, with an elastic band. Accessioned with original box.

This violin rest features U.S. Patent #2489101, dated November 22, 1949, by Stanley T. Mills of Highland Park, Michigan, for a violin rest.

This item was sold 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 information on the life and career of Albert F. Moglie.

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Object Name
violin support
date made
after 1949
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
foam (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 8 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 6.35 cm x 22.225 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
patent number
Credit Line
Gift of Albert F. Moglie and Lorette M. Moglie
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