Jacob Stainer, Absam, c. 1680

Violin: 40023

Fake label, dated 1653.

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20 cm

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"The earliest known reference to this instrument is made in a letter of 20 September 1882, by Thomas Bushrod Washington, the great, great, great-nephew of President George Washington. He eventually auctioned it for $335 in 1891 claiming that the violin was once the property of the First President. . . ."

Collections Search Center, Smithsonian Institution


c. 1882 - 1891 Thomas Bushrod Washington
1891 - c. 1971 Otto Sutro
from 1971 Smithsonian Institution Museum

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1970)

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