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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)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 61 cm, width 20.6 cm (Length 24 in., width 8 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones