Sandler Violin (14 size)

Sandler Violin (1/4 size)

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This small violin was made in 1875 by Friedrich Sander for his three-year-old nephew, Henry Charles Sander Jr. Henry's father was a violinist with the Newark Symphony Orchestra, and he began instructing the young Henry on this instrument. Henry eventually gave the violin to his five-year-old daughter, Lorentine, and she bequeathed it to her daughter Lorae, the donor of the violin to the Smithsonian
Very cleanly made, the violin bears nicely finished edge work throughout and carefully inlaid purfling of maple. The neck and top block are in one piece. Spruce linings are fitted into the instrument's corners without corner blocks. The violin is made of a table of two-piece spruce, two-piece back of maple with even, medium-fine descending figure, ribs of similar maple, an original neck, pegbox and scroll, and a stained black beech wood fingerboard.
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Object Name
date made
Sander, Friedrich
Place Made
Germany: Rhineland Palatinate, Kaiserslautern
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 19 in x 6 1/8 in x 3 3/16 in; 48.26 cm x 15.5575 cm x 8.09625 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Lorae P. Aumack
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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