Folk violin

19th century

Object Place: New Hampshire, United States


Length 61.5 cm, width 19.9 cm (Length 24 3/16 in., width 7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, walnut, pine

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Non-traditional body outline. One-piece back of bird’s-eye maple. Ribs of walnut (?). Neck of plain maple. Large wedge (6 mm. maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Large crude scroll with deep undercutting. Back of pegbox terminates in an upturned hook. One-piece belly of wide-grain softwood. Back and belly have exaggerated flat area at edges. No purfling. F-hole notches offset and upper hole not connected to curve. Two commercial tuning pegs of hardwood painted/stained black; two homemade pegs of hardwood painted/stained black. Fingerboard (later), saddle, and end button of stained hardwood. Orange varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck, resting on platform carved from back. Belly glued directly to ribs. Short widely- spaced triangular liners along back. Normal-sized 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