Featured Violin: John Friedrich 1903
This beautiful dark reddish amber violin was made by one of America’s finest violin makers. John Friedrich was born in Cassel, Germany in 1858, and trained in Berlin with Oswald Möckel, a prominent German violin maker and repairer. He came to the United States in 1883, where he was soon considered one of the leading experts in violin making, bow making, and instrument identification. He won highest honors for his violins exhibited at the World exhibitions held in Chicago in 1893, and in St. Louis in 1904. This violin is labeled as being built in 1903, and has the inscription: "This instrument received the highest award "THE GRAND PRIZE" at the St. Louis World's Exposition, 1904". Repairs have been made by Eduardo Lopez of the Boston String Instrument Co.