NMM 4900. Violin by Giovanni Battista Ceruti, Cremona, ca. 1805-1810
Gift of J. Laiten Weed Estate, Yankton, South Dakota, 1990
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Fascimile paper label: Jo: Baptista Ceruti Cremonensis / fecit Cremonĉ An. 1801 [GBC monogram].
Top: two-piece, quarter-cut spruce with medium grain, widening then narrowing
at the flanks.
Back: one-piece, semi-slab-cut maple, mostly plain,
with faint, narrow curl at center bout; knots at upper-bass and center bouts; filled wormholes under original varnish and purfling; ebony dowels through back into top and bottom blocks.
Edging: sharply scooped.
Ribs: semi-slab-cut maple, faint curl; filled wormholes under original varnish.
Head: maple with faint, very
Varnish: golden, with very fine craquelure.
F-holes: slightly undercut on wings; inside edges stained black. Spruce
linings set into spruce corner blocks.
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Back length: 350 mm.
Upper bout width, back: 163 mm.
Center bout width, back: 110 mm.
Lower bout width, back: 201 mm.
Top length: 347 mm.
Upper bout width, top: 163 mm.
Center bout width, top: 110 mm.
Lower bout width, top: 202 mm.
Rib height: 28-30 mm.
Stop length: 192 mm.
Vibrating string length: 327 mm.
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