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Here is a extremely rare piece of American history.
Almost a 100 years old a Violin that was made by the Late William Leighton of West Pembroke Maine who was a master instrument maker. This violin is in very good shape for the age, being made in 1918 there are no major cracks or repairs seen. It also comes with a hard case and two bows as well as a few other small items!! It does have some surface scratches and wear and is almost 100 years old so please don't expect it to be new but this is a complete fine instrument and is an exceptional find that I believe you could probably tune the strings that are on there and start playing no problem. Gorgeous looking wood with nice grain and reddish /brown looking color has some surface scratches and shows to be well taken care of for all these years. You just don't find them this old in condition like this very often.
William Leighton was a Instrument maker, repair and dealer of Violins and more since 1902, He used a special bass bar of his own invention. Inventor Leighton actually patented his idea in 1921 which was a sound post and special bass-bar that changed the way the violin played in the future!! .
Born May 20th 1840 William Eldon Leighton commanded the local contingent that fought in the Civil War; he was thereafter known as Captain. He owned the Leighton Organ Company and made other instruments as well. One of his best known customers was Charles Best, co-inventor of insulin.
The measurements of the body are approx. 13 1/2" x 8" and the overall length is 23 1/2". The case measures at 30" x 10" and is a hard case with three latches that all seem to work. There insure as there are no markings on this case but holds the two bows on the lid and the violin in the base as well as a small compartment for accessories. The bridge looks to be replaced here is an extra one as well. There is a small brass piece that says deluxe on it and not sure if it fell off of this one or if it even belongs to this instrument. Also included a tuner and the worlds famous improved Rosin, Hindersine. which looks like new and made in England.
This is a fine and unique item and sure to create major interest and is offered at a no reserve with a starting bid of $-.99!! -- This is not a joke and the highest bidder will win this piece of history made by Captain William E. Leighton himself!!
The case alone is worth hundreds!!
Branded internally bearing the original label by its maker is a small white label inside the body of this violin that says the following:
West Pembroke ME.
Also underneath where the neck comes in contact with the body there is a small white sticker with the number #28 on it!!!!!
This is a wonderful piece of history for any collector to be proud of adding to their collection. Don't miss out on this once in a life time auction!! .
Here is some interesting history of where most of these lovely items came from way up north in New England on a picturesque small little tranquil island of the rocky coast of Maine. The wonderful prestigious estate of a charming 1816 Center Chimney Cape with old Post and Beam barn located on 44 beautiful rolling acres in which was properly called " Windy Hill "
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