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1906 violin
VIOLINS. Violins, patterned after the famed Strativarius and Guarnarius, were manufactured in Dubuque from 1908 to 1926 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. He later moved to Davenport.

Violins were carved within patterns like these. Photo courtesy: Musical Instrument Museum. Phoenix, Arizona
Different stages of the violin's neck. Photo courtesy: Musical Instrument Museum. Phoenix, Arizona
Parts before assembly and staining. Photo courtesy: Musical Instrument Museum. Phoenix, Arizona
Collection of materials used to stain the wood. Photo courtesy: Musical Instrument Museum. Phoenix, Arizona

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Source:

Dilworth, John. The Brompton’s Book of Violin & Bow Makers. Online: http://www.amati.com/maker/fuller-james-a.html