Rare Georgian Mahogany Violin Case c. 1820

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Rare Georgian Mahogany Violin Case c. 1820

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SIZE
11 x 31

DESCRIPTION
probably made in London. A similar single instrument lozenge shaped case in G. Wood's "The Art and History of Violin Cases pp. 30 is dated c. 1800. That case appears to be veneered. This case is solid carved mahogany. The Period Sheraton/Hepplewhitebrasswork would date this to first quarter 19th cent (ie., George III). Incredibly fine workmanship here is reminiscent of Georgian tea caddies and fancy boxes of the period. The green woolen homespun on the bottom is consistent with the latter.  This case also has a unique and beautiful interior lining, a blue gray woolen material that Wood (pp 28) likened to goat hair. This is very springy stuff and might be identified as coarse carded or tufted sheep wool.

Original finish. Wonderful patina. This case is a rare gem (especially as a double case)  and a legitimate museum piece by anyone's standards.

CONDITION
while not mint-- Incredibly fine original condition with no major problems and no repairs. 200 years old-- so its a bit ofa miracle. Original key turns the lock in a tenuous manner so it is recommended not to be used. The pictures tell the story.

 

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