Shelbow Posted March 18, 2022 Report Share Posted March 18, 2022 Dear All, I have owned this violin for about 2 years now and recently it came back from being repaired. My plan is to loan it to one of the charitable Foundations that loan instruments out to Children / students. Hopefully it can be of help to someone. I have very loosely shown it to a few people and get a kind of 19th century Betts School response. But I am curious if anyone has any ideas? To me some of the outline and purfling seems a bit Lockey Hill ish, but I'm sure no one else agrees with me on that. The violin is stamped H Woodney Manchester at the end pin. He is referenced in a few books as a 19th century maker but also ran a big music shop in Manchester. I have quite a lot of info on him at home. It seems he claimed to be a maker on census records, but also on adverts in newspapers for his shop he stated that he stocked all the finest instruments from London. He died in the 1860s. I can provide more info on this when I get home. I guess the likelihood is that this Instrument was made in London and branded for sale in his shop, but I like to think that he may of actually been a maker. In any case it was stored in an antiques shop in Barnsley for a while as far as I am aware. So it didn't travel too far from Manchester. The instrument itself is a bit strange in many ways, which does make me wonder if it was something that he actually made. The plates inside are worked in a very odd manner with almost a shelf to the edge and some questionable scooping. The overall size of the instrument is very large in all dimensions with the LOB being 362mm. If you have any thoughts please fire away. Thanks, Shelbow Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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