Two-piece back of maple with medium curl descending slightly from the joint. Ribs and neck similar. Two-piece belly of medium grain spruce. Traditional purfling. Tuning pegs (later), fingerboard, nut, and saddle of ebony. Dark brown varnish. Traditional interior construction.
Printed label: MADE BY / IRA J. WHITE, / BOSTON. [handwritten: 1835]; In ink on back: I J White.
By about 1915, John A. Gould & Sons (Violin Makers, Dealers and Repairers), Boston, Massachusetts; about 1965, sold by John A. Gould & Sons to Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine; 1987, sold by Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)
Frank B. Bemis Fund