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Violin

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Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of medium-to-wide-grain spruce*. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple. Fingerboard (later), tuning pegs, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Shaded red-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

Inscription

Printed label: MADE BY / IRA J. WHITE, / BOSTON. [handwritten: 1860]; in pencil on underside of belly: ... 1861; in pencil on bass bar: ... to Restore A. W. White ...

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund

1860

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Length 60 cm, width 20.8 cm (Length 23 5/8 in., width 8 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1987.4

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones