George Craske, Manchester 1849

After Craske’s death, many of his works fell to W.E. Hill & Sons. This is revealed in the violin’s label, which reads “Made by George Craske / (born 1797, died 1888) / and sold by / William E. Hill & Sons, London”. It is also signed in pencil on the upper back and the table, “George Craske / fecit 1849”. The back is made from two pieces of maple with medium flame, and the top is made from two pieces of spruce with narrow grain. The varnish is a reddish-brown over dark amber. The violin is in excellent condition and possesses a powerful, rich tone.

Inventory #: C658L