Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1712, the 'Darnley, Eldina Bligh'

Violin: 41371

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

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"It was bought from J.B. Vuillaume in 1840-60 and brought to this Country by Mr. Bligh, a son of the Earl of Darnley and a well known amateur of that period, who also possessed a Stradivari 'cello. He retained possession of the violin for many years and, subsequently bequeatheed it to his daughter who was trained as a violinist at Dresden and Brussels. In 1912-13, she married a Hungarian nobleman and, on leaving England to take up her residence in Hungary, decided to part with the violin which then passed into our hands. Its next owner was a Scotch amateur and its subsequent history is well known to you."

Letter from W.E. Hill to Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.


Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
until 1912 Eldina Bligh
from 1912 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1915 Hart & Son
1915-1926 Captain H. S. Murray
in 1927 Eva Tanenbaum
in 1927 Anonymous
until 1928 W. E. Hill & Sons
1928-1929 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1929 Alden Rogers
in 1945 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1929) #5713.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1927)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1927)

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.)


  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, April, 1939, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Letter from W.E. Hill to Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., July 29, 1927
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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