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Fruman Nickel Violin

Fruman Nickel Violin

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Description (Brief)
This Violin was made by Felipe Fruman in 1911, possibly in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The violin is made of nickel, and is etched "March 30 1911/FRUMAN" on the treble side upper bout, and "PATENT/FRUMAN” on the bass side upper bout. In Argentina, Fruman was known as a hairdresser and wig maker, but his musician’s business card declares Fruman's nickel violin to be "Patentado por el N.8949.” The patent detailed a process of making violins from bronze, steel, copper, and tin.
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Object Name
date made
Fruman, Felipe
Place Made
Argentina: Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Sidney Fruman for the Fruman family in memory of Nathan Fruman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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