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Two-piece back of wide-grain pine (?). Ribs of plain maple (?). Later neck of maple with irregular curl. Original pegbox/scroll. Two-piece belly of wide-grain pine. Painted purfling, interrupted at top of back by a series of six crosses. Painted purfling also outlining pegbox. F-holes...

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Manuscript label: Benj. W. Willard / Lancaster, Mass / No 60. 1810; printed repair label: Restored by / JOHN A. GOULD & SONS / [ESTABLISHED 1889] / Violin Makers, Dealers and Repairers / BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS / [handwritten: Sept. 1957]; in pencil on underside of bridge: Lubde[...?]


1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund


Object Place

Lancaster, Massachusetts, United States


Length 122 cm, width 42.7 cm (Length 48 1/16 in., width 16 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pine, maple


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones