Violin

1853
Moses A. Tewksbury (American, 1787–1860)


Object Place: Chester, New Hampshire, United States

Dimensions

Length 58.5 cm, width 21 cm (Length 23 1/16 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1987.8

Medium or Technique

Maple, pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

One-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs similar. Neck of maple with medium irregular curl. Two-piece belly of wide grain pine. Very faded painted purfling. Scroll has narrow ears and little undercutting. Back of pegbox has shallow channels. Saddle of ebony. Yellow-brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck on platform carved from back. Very narrow liners and very small corner blocks. Bass bar angled from bass side to center seam.

Inscription

Printed label (glued upside down from traditional orientation): MOSES A. TEWKESBURY, / MANUFACTURER AND REPAIRER OF / Bass & Double Bass Viols & Violins, / CHESTER, N. H. / [handwritten: 1853] / MANUFACTURED 184

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund