Instrument Type: Violin
Bow Type: —
Item #: 558-482
Maker: Andrew Hyde
Description: Andrew Hyde was born in 1842 and took an early interest in mechanics. After being a mechanic, he became the assistant of the famed inventor and businessman Thomas Edison. He played the violin and eventually began to make them. In 1886, Andrew established himself as a violin maker and set up his own firm in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he produced roughly 1,200 instruments. He made bows as well and originally sold his silver mounted bows for $12 and his gold mounted bows for $39. In 1902, he published a booklet titled, A TREATISE ON THE VIOLIN.
This particular violin was purchased new and belonged to Josiah Cole, who was a prominent businessman in Pennsylvania around the turn of the century prior to being appointed Postmaster General of Slatington by President Wilson in 1915. The current owner is the great grandchild of Josiah Cole and still holds the original bill of sale. In regards to the sound, this violin has a very powerful, dark resonance across the strings. Back Length: 35.8 cm.
Terms: This violin is available for examination and trial and has been meticulously set up to our exacting specifications before addition to our catalog. If you wish to inquire further about this violin, please contact us using the green button at the top of this listing or call 1-818-762-1374 during business hours.