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  1. A Beautiful Case

    I thought this might be of interest............ This fine case by W.E. Hill & Sons was made c1900 intended to be pleasing and beautiful, made of the finest possible materials and workmanship, as receptacles worthy of fine violins. “The most careful attention has been paid to every detail of construction, and the locks and flush bolts are all specially made after our own patterns. We may mention that the lock is so made that if it be damaged it can be taken out without disturbing in the least the woodwork or the lining of the case. The loop to contain the point of the bow is stiffened to protect the head. Without enumerating further details, we think we are justified in stating that no such cases as these have ever been made before. To show that these cases have already met with some recognition we may mention that the beautiful violin case of mahogany and satinwood, in which a Stradivari violin was presented to Dr Joachim on the occasion of his Jubilee was made by us.” In 1889, English friends and admirers of Joachim, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Joachim's debut recital in London, presented him with "an exceptionally fine" violin made in 1715 by Antonio Stradivari, called "Il Cremonese”. According to a contemporary account - ‘It is a “red” Strad, accompanied by a gold-mounted bow, from the famous factory of Tourte. When the outer leather case is opened a fine case of Honduras mahogany of English make, is disclosed, and on it is the legend: “To Joseph Joachim, in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of his public appearance. A mark of admiration and esteem from English friends, April 13, 1889.” History records that Joachim was delighted with the Strad : “You could not have chosen a better outward sign of your appreciation,” he said, “than this red Strad. I own already a yellow and a deep brown Strad, but I have always longed for a red Strad,” I have been unable to trace the original Joachim case but this is its twin and a grade higher than the one they made for Sarasate which can be seen in the Conservatorio de Musica in Madrid, Spain. Glenn