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Hollow-Back Violin
1850s

Displayed at the 1853 World's Fair, New York
This unusually shaped violin was patented by William S. Mount of Stony Brook, NY, in 1852. A student of folk music as well as an artist, Mount believed that a concave shape and a short soundpost would result in a fuller, richer, more powerful tone. He displayed his instrument at the 1853 World's Fair in New York.

Notes
14.3" long
Spruce, maple, varnish
U.S. Patent No. 8,981, June 1, 1852
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· William Sidney Mount
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