Hammell Practice Violin

Hammell Practice Violin

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Description (Brief)
This practice violin was made by R.J. Hammel of Maquoketa, Iowa in 1904. It was designed as a teaching tool of normal violin length. The narrow solid body widening at the lower bout is attached to a commercial German neck, pegbox and scroll. R. J. Hammel in a letter of 1913 describes the instrument as a “Practice Violin... to assist in the correct technic of the left hand used mostly without the bow altho the bow can be used as there is enough tone produced to ascertain pitch...” This practice vioin is made of a narrow body of solid walnut, neck, pegbox and scroll of plain European maple, and a golden yellow varnish.
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Object Name
Date made
Hammel, R. J.
Place Made
United States: Iowa, Maquoketa
Physical Description
walnut (body material)
maple (part material)
overall: 23 7/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 60.6425 cm x 19.05 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Professor R. J. Hammel
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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