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Violin by Friedrich August Meisel, Klingenthal, 1887

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NMM 6055.  Front of violin by Friedrich August Meisel, Klingenthal, 1887. Bass side of violin by Friedrich August Meisel, Klingenthal, 1887. Back of violin by Friedrich August Meisel, Klingenthal, 1887.

NMM 6055. Violin by Friedrich August Meisel (1817-1898), Klingenthal, Saxony, 1887. Gift of Kurt Lothar and Patricia A. Meisel, Owatonna, Minnesota, 1997.




Soundholes


Soundholes of violin by Friedrich August Meisel, 1887.



Technical Information

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.
Fingerboard: ebony.
Nut: ebony.
F-holes: slightly undercut.
Linings: spruce.
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


Front view of scroll Bass side of scroll Back of scroll



Measurements

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.




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 1875-1899

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