Folk violin

19th century

Object Place: United States, New England region


Length 60.5 cm, width 20.5 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., width 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, pine, maple

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Non-traditional body outline. One-piece back of slab-cut walnut. Ribs similar. Neck of plain maple. Crude scroll with no undercutting. Scroll/pegbox painted/stained brown. One-piece belly of slab-cut softwood, extended onto neck 30 mm. No purfling. Crude F-holes with offset notches. Fingerboard of stained walnut with inlaid five-pointed star of bone; lower half painted/stained black. Tailpiece of bone with carved geometric designs and inlaid dot of mother-of-pearl. Nut of ebony. Homemade tuning pegs of walnut (?) stained black. Dark brown finish; not varnished, perhaps waxed. Interior construction: Footed neck resting on platform carved from back. Very narrow lower block. Belly and back glued directly to ribs with short very widely-spaced triangular liners. Small corner blocks.


1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Frank G. Webster