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stockgeige (walkstick violin)

Stearns #1308

Europe

Markneukirchen, Germany

This Walking-Stick Violin has a cover that completely conceals the presence within of the violin. It was invented after the mid-18th Century by Johann Wilde, a German musician at the Imperial Court of St. Petersburg. The maker of this instrument, Moritz Gläsel, was born in Vienna in 1829 and died in 1917 in Markneükirchen. He was a good violin maker and an expert on old instruments.

Research: Dr. Bruce Mitchell Smith





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