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Violin by Carl Louis Meisel, Klingenthal, 1886

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NMM 6143.  Violin by Carl Louis Meisel, Klingenthal, 1886 Bass side view Back of violin

NMM 6143. Violin by Carl Louis Meisel (1847-1905), Klingenthal, Saxony, 1886. Gift of Kurt Lothar and Patricia A. Meisel, Owatonna, Minnesota, 1998.


Soundholes of violin by Carl Louis Meisel, 1886

Technical Information

Label: paper, with handwritten, regional cursive lettering, in black ink:  Louis Meisel [n. Ortsteil] / in Klingenthal 1886.
Top: two-piece, quarter-cut spruce, wide grain; dowel or nail hole through top into top block.
Back: one-piece, slab-cut, plain maple.
Ribs: slab-cut maple with birdseye figure.
Head and neck: maple with medium curl and birdseye figure; inside of pegbox stained dark brown.
Varnish: medium orange-brown; neck varnished.
Fingerboard: ebony.
Nut: ebony.
Saddle: ebony.
F-holes: flared wings.
Linings: spruce.
Corner blocks: spruce.

Pegbox and Scroll

Front view of scroll on violin by Carl Louis Meisel, 1886 Bass side view of scroll Back view of scroll


Back length: 359 mm.
Upper bout width: 165 mm.
Center bout width: 111 mm.
Lower bout width: 207 mm.
Rib height: 31-32 mm.
Stop length: 196 mm.
Vibrating string length: 326 mm.
Original neck length (nut to ribs): 130 mm.

Lit.: André P. Larson, "Recent Acquisitions," America's Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter 25, No. 4 (August 1998), p. 6.

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. 114-117.

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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