A Scottish Violin by James Workman, Kilmarnock, 1878

Workman - front   Workman - side

Rescued and repatriated from an old school collection in Yorkshire, this fiddle is a typically individual example of handmade Scottish work of the period, before wide publication of standard patterns and methods.

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Workman - scroll   Workman - scroll   Workman - scroll   Workman - scroll


Well-wooded and of honest, robust construction throughout, it has survived without any cracks. The two-piece back, ribs and neck are of well-figured native sycamore, the book-matched belly of straight, medium-grained pine, widening to the edges, the whole covered with a light brown oil varnish on a pale ground.

Workman - detail   Workman - detail

The body, at 370mm, is on the long side, nicely balanced by a rather grand scroll, which has historic repairs to both cheeks, correct and neat. A very interesting fiddle, with surprisingly fine tone and great projection, it is available for home trial, with distance no object and interesting part exchange offers(violin family, wooden flutes, concertinas etc) always welcome.

 

Workman - side   Workman - side

Length of back: 370mm
Upper bout: 222mm
Lower bout: 185mm

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