Folk violin

early 19th century

Object Place: United States, Possibly New England region


Length 61 cm, width 20.6 cm (Length 24 in., width 8 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, pine

Not On View


Musical Instruments



One-piece back of maple with irregular curl. Ribs similar. Neck of plain maple. Crude scroll with little undercutting. Two-piece belly of wide irregular grain pine (?). No purfling. Three extant tuning pegs; one commercial of ebony, one homemade of hardwood, and one improvised from the head of a clothespin. Fingerboard of walnut (?). Commercial tailpiece of ebony with inlaid flower of mother-of-pearl. Nut and saddle of ebony. End button of hardwood. Red-brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck on shallow platform. Hemi-circular lower block. Regular type liners and corner blocks. Triangular-shaped bassbar.


1976, gift of Harold Priest, Harvard Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1976)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift