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English Walnut Veneer Dart Violin Case, W.E. Hill & Sons, c. 1895

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Auction: Musical Instruments - 3490TLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: November 09, 2020 12:00PM


English Walnut Veneer Dart Violin Case, W.E. Hill & Sons, c. 1895, the plaques inscribed W. E. HILL & SONS/VIOLIN MAKERS./38, NEW BOND ST/LONDON, the compartments lined with gold embossed paper, approximate length of back 360 mm, ht. 5 7/8, wd. 31 1/4, dp. 9 3/8 in.

Provenance: The collection of Dr. Glenn P. Wood.

N.B. "This case was discovered in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, in 2017. The model of case is illustrated in the W.E. Hill & Sons catalogue, c. 1897. It is proudly described as follows:

'The most careful attention has been paid to every detail of construction and the locks and flush bolts are all specially made after our own patterns. We may mention that the lock is so made that if it be damaged it can be taken out without disturbing in the least the woodwork or the lining of the case... Without enumerating further details, we think we are justified in stating that no such cases have ever been made before. To show that these cases have already met with some recognition we may mention that the beautiful violin case of mahogany and satinwood in which a Stradivari violin was presented to Dr. Joachim on the occasion of his jubilee, was made by us.'

This design of case became popular towards the end of the 19th century as is exemplified by one such solid silver Vesta match case with English silver hallmarks precisely dating it to 1893."
Estimate $800-1,200

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Joachim, Glenn P. Wood, LONDON, Adamstown