Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1703, the 'Ford'

Violin: 40257

Bearing its original label.

Back: Two-piece with broad curl extending upwards towards the edges

Top: of fine-grained spruced

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Brownish red

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm


Sir William Curtis
William Goding
Reverend T. Cradock
until 1867 John Hart
1867-1875 George Haddock
1875-1908 T. S. Cooke
1908-1915 Reverend A. Willan
from 1915 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1917 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1917 Edward Schafer
from 1917 Elias Breeskin
from 1924 Henry Ford
in 2003 Henry Ford Museum

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1926)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1924)
  • Certificate: Albert Caressa, Paris (1916) The certficate has caused some confusion in tracing the provenance of this instrument because Caressa wrote the words: "type splendide de ce luthier; ese violon de Rougemont", apparently confusing the instrument with another from 1703 [ID=478] that actually was owned by de Rougemont.

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Masterpieces of the Great Violin Makers, Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, March-April, 1960, Victor Angelescu, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London (illustrated)


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