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Violin by Carl Christian Meisel, Klingenthal, Saxony, 1823

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NMM 6054.  Violin by Carl Christian Meisel, Klingenthal, Saxony, 1823 Bass side of violin by Carl Christian Meisel Back of violin by Carl Christian Meisel

NMM 6054. Violin by Carl Christian Meisel (1790-1876), Klingenthal, Saxony, 1823. Gift of Kurt Lothar and Patricia A. Meisel, Owatonna, Minnesota, 1997.



Soundholes


Soundholes of violin by Carl Christian Meisel

The inside edges of the violin's soundholes are stained brown-red.




Technical Information

Printed paper label with geometric border, the year written in black ink:  Carl Chriſtian Meiſel / Violin = und Inſtrumentenmacher / in Unterklingenthal 1823. Black ballpoint pen inscription on inside of back, lower bass bout, to be read through treble f-hole (repaired by Kurt Oswald Meisel): DIESE GEIGE WURDE 1970 / IN EINEM AUTO-UNFALL/ BERTRÜMMERT.
Top:  two-piece, quarter-cut spruce, fine grain;  lower treble wing replaced.
Back:  one-piece, quarter-cut maple with very narrow curl ascending slightly from treble to bass;  small-diameter dowels through back into top and bottom blocks.
Ribs:  quarter-cut maple, narrow curl, at slightly varying angles on each rib.
Head:  maple with faint, narrow curl.
Neck:  grafted.
Varnish:  light orange-brown with slight craquelure;  faded on top.
F-holes:  inside edges stained brown-red.
Linings:  spruce.
Corner blocks:  spruce.




Pegbox and Scroll


Front view of pegbox on violin by Carl Christian Meisel Bass side view of pegbox Back view of pegbox

Scroll and pegbox made of maple with faint, narrow curl.




Measurements

Back length:  354 mm.
  Upper bout width:  163 mm.
  Center bout width:  107 mm.
  Lower bout width:  204 mm.
  Rib height:  27-33 mm.
  Stop length:  192 mm.
  Vibrating string length:  327 mm.

 

Lit.:  Julie Kucaj, "Lothar Meisel," Arts & Minds., Bravo! News Style Arts Channel, Toronto, January 30-31, 2003.

K. Lothar Meisel with Betty Vos, The Meisel Family Violin Makers:  Klingenthal, Vogtland, Saxony (Ely, Minnesota: Singing River Publications, Inc., 2007), pp. 80-83.




The NMM preserves violins from each of eight generations of the Meisel family.

Go to Checklist of Bowed Stringed Instruments Made by Members of the Meisel Familiy

Go to Checklist of Violins Made Between 1800-1849

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