Folk violin

19th century

Object Place: United States, New England region


Length 59.5 cm, width 21.9 cm (Length 23 7/16 in., width 8 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, pine

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Non-traditional body outline with extra-wide lower bout. Two-piece back of maple with irregular horizontal curl. Ribs similar. Neck of bird’s-eye maple. Large crude scroll. Two-piece belly of wide-grain softwood. Purfling of one wide strip of wood left raised above surface. Crude F-holes with offset notches. Two tuning pegs, fingerboard, and end button of maple stained black. Two commercial tuning pegs, one of rosewood and one of ebony. Orange varnish. Traditional interior construction. Bass bar angled from bass side to center seam.


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