Violin by James Hardie & Sons Edinburgh 1896
HARDIE, James (II) Born 1836 Aguhadley, Aberdeen, died 1916 Edinburgh, Scotland UK. Grandson and pupil of Peter Hardie, below. Continued working as a schoolteacher until 1863, when he established his shop at 14 Marshall Street, Edinburgh. Then moved to 117 Nicholson Street in 1895, where he was assisted by his sons. The fine and prolific maker of more than 200 hand-made violins, violas, cellos, and basses on classical patterns, he also labelled and sold some 2,000 imported trade instruments. Authentication can be problematic. Henley states that many of the cheaper Hardie violins were obtained by a man known as Cooke who sold them with false labels of Panormo, Fendt, and others. Copies of Hardie
The two-piece back of maple of broad curl descending across the back from the centre joint. The ribs of similar curl. The pegbox and scroll of medium curl. the two piece front of spruce of very fine grain. The varnish of an orange-red colour on a yellow ground.
James Hardie & Sons
- Length of back 361mm
- Width upper bout 170mm
- Width middle bout 116mm
- Width lower bout 208mm
James Hardie born 1836 in Aguhadley, Aberdeen, died 1916 Edinburgh, Scotland UK. Grandson and pupil of Peter Hardie. Amongst the most famous of Scottish violin makers but also one of the most noteworthy figures in English violin making.
In 1863 he established his shop at 14 Marshall Street, Edinburgh, later in 1895 moving to 117 Nicholson Street, where he was assisted by his sons. A fine and prolific maker of more than 200 hand-made violins, violas, cellos, and basses on classical form, he also labelled and sold some 2,000 imported trade instruments. Authentication can be problematic.
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