Violin

1856
Thomas Dudley Paine (American, 1812–1895)


Object Place: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States

Dimensions

Length 61 cm, width 21 cm (Length 24 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1987.6

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

One-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of irregular-grain spruce*. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple; shallow channels on back of pegbox and thick lip at bottom. Wide ears on scroll. Thin wedge (2 mm maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Fingerboard, tailpiece, tuning pegs, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Two lateral score lines near bottom of fingerboard. Red-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

Inscription

Printed label: THOMAS D. PAINE, / MUSICAL / Instrument Maker, / [handwritten: No 11] WOONSOCKET, R. I. [handwritten: 1856 / A D.]; [possibly additional illegible inscriptions on inside of back.]

Provenance

Before 1987, apparently owned by Herbert Goodkind (1905-1982), Larchmont, New York. By 1987, acquired by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine; 1987, sold by Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund