Folk Violin

Folk Violin

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Description (Brief)
This folk violin was made in Morristown, Tennessee around 1875-1899. The body of this instrument is constructed entirely of American ash, with a flat table and back. The “ribs” are sawn to shape from one solid piece of ash. The table bears simple “S” sound-holes with ornamental dots inside the upper wings. This instrument, with slender violin shape, bears long exaggerated center bouts. The violin was acquired with the folk violin by Alvin Potter (catalog #66.61); both of these instruments were collected from Morristown, Tennessee and said to be of local origin.
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Place Made
United States: Tennessee
Physical Description
ash (body material)
maple (part material)
overall: 22 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 57.785 cm x 17.145 cm x 6.985 cm
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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