This is another one of my violins. I purchased it from the Loft in Columbus, Ohio. I think it is a German violin.The back is highly flamed. It does not have a label. It is branded Nurnberger behind the neck button and also under the endpin. It is in mint condition.I really do not know how old it is. Speculation says it is a 1900's violin.It has a big sound and plays easily.
This violin is not for sale, the paragraphs below are what was listed in a 1901 Sears Catalog. I thought it was interesting to see what they wrote about it.
1908 Sears and Robuck Catalog
Robert Nurnberber is without a doubt the very best exponent of the art of violin making of the present time. He is a man who makesviolins for the love of his profession, not for personal gain. His ambition has been and is to produce instruments if not equal will favorably comparewith the instruments which were made by the old masters. It may be said that if a new violin is perfect from every standpoint the product of Nurnberger representsthis perfection. In presenting one of this makers violins, we have naturally endevored to offer nothing but his best product. The violin illustrated above is a copy of the best violinthat Stradivaius ever made. It is a known fact that the career of Stradivaius may be divided into 3 periods. The instruments he made in the third period or close to 1700 havebeen pronounced by experts and in their actual musical value proven to be the best. The material entering into the construction of a violin is a very important, in fact, vitalconsideration. The material which is employed by Mr. Robert Nurnberger is of the very choicest kind which he has had in his possession for a number of years for the purpose of seasoning. Having all the important requisites, we say with confidence that the violins made by Mr. Robert Nurnberger are without any question the best that can be produced.
Technically speaking this violin has a one piece back made of especially highly flamed maple. Sides of the same material. The top is made of the very best Tyrolian spruce obtainable. This spruce on account of the high altitude at which itgrows is of a peculiar strength and of vibrous variety. The grain is not too close and even and as such will act as the best conductor of sound. The edges and corners of this violin are rounded. The purfling is very carfully inlaid and sharply brought to a point at the corners.The neck is especially fine curly maple and the scroll purely Stradivarius, worked out with utmost accuracy. The finish on this instrument is a rich light red with the edges brought to a natural finish and the backshaded to the center toward its natural color. All the ingredients which the old masters employed in the making of their varnish have been a secret for centuries and are a secret to this day, we will say that the varnish used by Nurnberger on these instruments is the closest imitation of the original, a varnish thatwhile it will cover the instrument with a glassy and transparent coating will not impare the tone giving qualities of the wood. It is a known fact that the thickness of the wood should be in accordance with its peculiar quality. No one but the maker himself is capable of judging on these points.If the top is too thick or too thin the tone will be impaired. The same thing applies to the back and sides. To reach perfection the proper degree of thickness must be arrived at, thus th etop will be thicker at the lower bout ofthe instrumetn and thinner at teh tupper.To these important points of construction including the lining and proper size of blocks the greatest consideration is given. As to the exterior of this instument it is simply supurb. To further make this artists violin especially attractive, it is fitted with an ebony tailpiece, very richly carved in a beautiful floral design, a genuine ebony chinrest beautifullly carved with a lyre, a sheet of music and a wreath. The pegs are also ebony carved and tipped with gold platted pins. The fingerboard is of the finest ebony, dull in finish.
If you are interested in a real high class instrument which is supurb from a tone as well as from an appearance standpoint, you can do no better than purchase this instrument. It represents the best investment that one can make as an instrument of this grade is sure to be improved with age, and should in the course of years be worth many times the price paid for it. To protect the public from impostors who may be offering violins under the name of Nurnberger, we send with each of these instruments a letter bearing the authentic signature of the maker.
Albert Nurnberger, brother of the violin maker, makes a limited number of bows and as a fitting companion for these violins we have selected a bow of the Tourte model. Too much cannot be said about the value of a fine bow. In fact all great artists will lay as much stress on the qualities of the bow as they do the violins.The finest and rarest bows are made of pernambuco wood, carefully modeled and shaped by hand. Pernambuco wood is oft-times used on cheaper bows, but the very finest quality with the best grain and the proper weight, is the kind employed on this bow,which is beautifully made and finished. The frog is handsomely trimmed with genuine silver and with mother-of-pearl slide. Such a bow as we furnish with this violin cannot be furnished at a retail regulary for less than $10.00 to $15.00. To complete the outfit we also give a handsome violin case. This is made of four plies veneers, which prevents the case from ever getting out of shape, and is covered with rich seal grain leather, black in color. It is lined on the inside with beautiful silk plush and fitted with patent nickel plated catch and trimmings. We also give an extra set of our unequaled Verona strings including a genuine silver G string.
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