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One-piece back of maple with narrow curl ascending from left to right. Ribs and neck similar. Two-piece belly of medium grain spruce. Traditional purfling. Tuning pegs (two matched), fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Dark red-brown varnish over golden ground. ...

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Inscription

Printed label: MODEL [handwritten: A Stradivari] / WALTER SOLON GOSS / STRINGED INSTRUMENT MAKER / Copyist of FAMOUS ITALIANS, / BOSTON, MASS., A. D. 19 [handwritten: 08]; [additional inscription on belly]

Provenance

1972, gift of Benjamin Grosbayne, Newton, Massechusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 27, 1985)

Credit Line

Gift of Benjamin Grosbayne

1908

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Length 60.5 cm, width 20.5 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., width 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1972.1175

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones