This violoncello, was made in Schönbach, Germany, around 1880. It is made of a two-piece table of spruce, two-piece back of maple with fine, irregular horizontal figure, ribs of similar maple, neck, pegbox and scroll of plain maple with brass machine tuning mechanism, and an opaque orange-brown varnish.
On page 54 of the 1882 J. Howard Foote musical instrument catalog is the heading: “VIOLONCELLOS, or Bass Viols... German manufacture, with patent heads: No. 6013 Best quality very fine model, excellent in every respect, brass patent head... $24.00 each.”
To give a sense of the Foote sales of bowed string instruments, there are 13 categories of cellos in grades from $10.80 to $55.00 each, while in the larger violin group, 74 grades are listed from $16.00 per dozen to $210.00 for a “Perfect copy of Stradivarius.” Only four viola grades are described under the heading: “VIOLAS. Or Tenor Viols, also called Altos by the French,” from $4.80 to $15.00 each.
- Currently not on view
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- Date made
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- Physical Description
- spruce (overall material)
- maple (overall material)
- overall: 9 1/2 in x 17 1/4 in x 49 in; 24.13 cm x 43.815 cm x 124.46 cm
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- Credit Line
- Gift of J. Howard Foote
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- Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
- Music & Musical Instruments
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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