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VIOLINS

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VIOLINS. String musical instrument. Violins, patterned after the famed Strativarius and Guarnarius, were manufactured in Dubuque in the late 1800s by James Fuller who operated a shop at 17th and Clay STREETS. His instruments, accepted nationally in music schools and by professional musicians internationally, were made of seasoned wood salvaged from old furniture Fuller purchased in second-hand stores. The wood from two bedside boards, purchased for one dollar, was sufficient for eight violins. Fuller also repaired violins and other musical instruments.