Folk violin

19th century

Object Place: United States, New England region


Length 58 cm, width 19.1 cm (Length 22 13/16 in., width 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, walnut, pine, maple

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Non-traditional body outline. Two-piece back of maple with faint medium horizontal curl. Ribs of walnut. Neck of plain maple. Crude scroll. Two- piece belly of wide grain softwood. Back and belly have exaggerated raised edges. No purfling. F-holes widened at notches. Two extant commercial ebony tuning pegs. Fingerboard, nut, saddle, and end button of stained hardwood. Interior construction: Footed neck sandwiched between two large blocks. Wide flat lower block. Thin flat 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