Violin, Saxony, ca. 1820-1840
NMM 5721. Violin, Saxony, ca. 1820-1840. Ex coll.: Judge E. G. Smith, Yankton, South Dakota. Gift of Elizabeth Davidson Orr, Naples, Florida, 1993.
Printed paper label with visibly lined texture, the last two digits of
written in black ink: Petrus Joannes
Mantegatia fecit Me, / diolani in Via S.
Top: one-piece, quarter-cut spruce, fine grain.
Back: one-piece, quarter-cut maple with faint, medium curl, ascending slightly from treble to
bass; lower bass flank is an original, separate
piece of maple; maple dowel through back
into bottom block, just inside of purfling.
Ribs: quarter-cut maple with
faint, medium curl; ribs corners chamfered.
Head: plain maple; grafted neck.
Varnish: dark orange over brown ground.
F-holes: slightly undercut.
Corner blocks: spruce.
Pegbox and Scroll
Back length: 356 mm.
Upper bout width: 164 mm.
Center bout width: 107 mm.
Lower bout width: 200 mm.
Rib height: 30-31 mm.
Stop length: 200 mm.
Vibrating string length: 336 mm.
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