18th Century violin case

Posted on | February 5, 2009 | 7 Comments|


A colleague was looking to sell this old double violin case and bought it into the workshop.

It was made for two 7/8 size violins probably around 1800 or earlier. There was no padding inside, just lined in thin blue felt. The outside was covered in leather with metal studs and fitted with a solid brass lock and handle. The case weighed several kilos! It was not designed for a busy modern musician. Rather it was more of a safe storage place for violins or for traveling perhaps by horse and coach.

Since it was only made for 7/8 size violins I really couldn’t justify buying it. Though it was interesting to see and reminded me how much lighter and safer modern cases have become!





7 Responses to “18th Century violin case”

  1. Tom
    April 11th, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

    Is it sill up for sale? and how much did he want for it?

  2. Ingeborg Cneut
    September 8th, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    Do you still have the antique 7/8 violin case for safe?
    Could you tell me for what price?


  3. PH
    April 20th, 2017 @ 7:39 am

    If it’s still available nearly 10 years later, I’d love to buy it!

  4. admin
    April 20th, 2017 @ 7:48 am

    Sadly no. It was purchased by an American violin case collector. Thanks for reading about this lovely case!

  5. Michel
    August 2nd, 2017 @ 5:33 am

    Hi ! Do you have the name or an email of this American collector ? Thanks
    Best regards

  6. admin
    August 2nd, 2017 @ 6:48 am

    The last email address I have of Glenn Wood is: glennpwood@yahoo.com All the best!

  7. Michael Diestelhorst
    August 18th, 2017 @ 1:28 am

    Hi !

    we found an old english mahogany double violin case for 7/8 violons and had it redone inside.
    Quite rare theses days.

    All the best.

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