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Oldest American Violins? Photos of Maine Violin 1885
BassClef posted a topic in The PegboxI was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art today with my little daughter and a friend to check out the historical guitar exhibit and happened across a very attractive violin from 1885 by P. H. Holmes - Gardiner, Maine. I am including some photos that I took of the instrument below. This got me wondering about what the oldest examples of American violins are and what the oldest examples of American violins are that were entirely handmade, not using imported or factory made parts, or parts purchased from other makers/dealers. Anyone know? How about Maine's violin making history, how far back does it go? The back of this violin is quite attractive, I like the carving details. I also noticed a cross hidden a little at the top of the back. Please don't tell me that this was another Mark/Schoen import that was embellished by an American. http://s1000.photobucket.com/user/whatyoulookinatbish/library/Violin%20-%20P%20H%20Holmes%20Gardiner%20Maine%201885?sort=2&page=1