Violin by Friedrich August Meisel, Klingenthal, 1887
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NMM 6055. Violin
by Friedrich August Meisel (1817-1898), Klingenthal, Saxony, 1887. Gift of Kurt Lothar and Patricia A. Meisel, Owatonna, Minnesota,
Label: Printed paper label with decorated line at bottom, the last line of text written in black ink: Friedr. Aug. Meisel, / Instrumentenmacher. / Klingenthal i/V 1887.
Top: two-piece, quarter-cut spruce with medium grain, broadening toward the flanks; wooden dowel through top into top block on bass side of center joint.
Back: two-piece, quarter-cut maple with narrow curl, descending from center joint.
Ribs: quarter-cut maple with narrow curl, on upper and lower bass ribs, upper and center treble ribs; slab-cut maple with medium curl, on center bass rib and lower treble ribs.
Head and neck: maple, narrow curl; inside of pegbox stained black.
Varnish: medium brown.
F-holes: slightly undercut.
Corner blocks: spruce lower corner blocks; no upper corner blocks.
Bassbar: triangular cross-section. Narrow-gauge toothed scraper marks visible on inside of ribs.
Pegbox and Scroll
Back length: 352 mm.
Upper bout width: 166 mm.
Center bout width: 110 mm.
Lower bout width: 206 mm.
Rib height: 30-31 mm.
Stop length: 197 mm.
Vibrating string length: 325 mm.
Original neck length (nut to ribs): 128 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. 98-101.
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