Hyde Violin

Hyde Violin

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This violin was made by Andrew Hyde in Northhampton, Massachusetts in 1893. Born in 1842, Andrew Hyde trained as a mechanic and later became interested in the violin. In 1886 he moved to Northampton, Massachusetts and established himself as a professional maker. Hyde produced more than 1,200 violins, violas and cellos and developed a style of imitating wear and age in his varnish and finishing details. He died in 1923 at the age of 81. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, maple back in two pieces cut on 45o with irregular broad descending figure, ribs of similar maple cut on the slab, moderately figured maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and orange-red varnish.
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Object Name
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Hyde, Andrew
Place Made
United States: Massachusetts, Northampton
overall: 23 5/8 in x 8 1/2 in x 3 3/8 in; 60.0075 cm x 21.59 cm x 8.5725 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Laurence C. Witten II
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National Museum of American History
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