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Mittenwald violin with banjo and guitar
 
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"Tempy"
From Been Riding with Old Mosby
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"Sugar Hill"
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Violin
1878-1882

"$72.00 per dozen"
This violin was made by an unknown craftsman in Mittenwald, Germany. Mittenwald violins in this ornamented style have been popular with American country and folk musicians like Appalachian fiddler Tommy Jarrell, who value them for their decorative inlaid edges and geometric pearl designs on the back. According to the firm of J. Howard Foote, a retail outlet in New York during the 1880s, such violins "are from excellent German makers, very well made, good tone and elegant finish." Price: "$72.00 per dozen."

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