Folk violin

19th century

Object Place: United States, New England region


Length 62.5 cm, width 20.5 cm (Length 24 5/8 in., width 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pine, oak

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Non-traditional body outline with angular corners and all flat surfaces. Flat two-piece back of slab-cut pine. Ribs similar. Neck of oak. Crude pine scroll with no carving. Back of pegbox open. Two-piece belly of slab-cut pine. No purfling. Crude F-holes with no notches. Tuning pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of stained hardwood. Homemade bridge of oak with carved heart connecting legs. Stained brown with no varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck. Back and belly glued directly to ribs; no liners or 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