19th Century Cigar Box Violin at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA

I recently had the opportunity to have a special viewing of a 19th century Cigar Box Violin made from a guy in England.  The Head and Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Darcy Kuronen gave my fiancé and I special access to this piece.  

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Comment by Jim Morris on May 1, 2015 at 2:50pm

I play it occasionally - not too bad! That tailpiece was made from a cow horn according to the paperwork that came with it.

Comment by Jim Morris on May 1, 2015 at 1:44pm

Nice! Thanks for sharing that. I'll post a pic of one that was given me. Made by a fellow from NC c.1960's that looks quite similar.

 

Comment by Bad Finger (Eric) on May 1, 2015 at 1:22pm

Sure thing.

I owned a loft in East Boston for a couple years and spent a lot of time in Cambridge.  I sold my company last summer and the loft went soon afterwards since I didn't have a reason to be out there as much anymore.  My family and I got a lot out of the city and My girls and I did about all the "Free Friday" things in the summer.

Comment by James A OBrien on May 1, 2015 at 1:18pm

You're welcome.  I was overly excited to see this thing, a real RELIC!  I didn't know you were in Boston part time!

Hey, follow me on Instagram - I occasionally post CBG builds and would love your feedback.

Comment by Bad Finger (Eric) on May 1, 2015 at 1:02pm

That's better than the Samurai armor I took my girls to see last summer.  Too bad I'm not still living part-time in Boston or I'd want to take a look too.

Thanks for sharing with us.

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