Hermann Macklett Violin, 1871, Chicago, IL, USA

A distinctive violin by the American maker, Herman Macklett. Two-piece maple back with well-defined medium width grain, descending from the center joint. The top is of medium width straight grained spruce. Deep red varnish over a golden ground, with dramatic contrast due to constant use over the years, exposing layers. The violin is in a fine state of repair and preservation.

Herman Macklett, an upholsterer and amateur violinmaker, was born in Germany, immigrating to the United States and settling in Chicago. There, he met and married Elizabeth Kahlert, whose brother also made violins. Together they opened their shop in downtown Chicago, making instruments and rehairing bows between the 1860s and 1880s. Their shop was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but they were fortunately able to save their best violins. It is thought that Hermann Macklett made around 150 violins.

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A distinctive violin by the American maker, Herman Macklett. Two-piece maple back with well-defined medium width grain, descending from the center joint. The top is of medium width straight grained spruce. Deep red varnish over a golden ground, with dramatic contrast due to constant use over the years, exposing layers. The violin is in a fine state of repair and preservation.

Herman Macklett, an upholsterer and amateur violinmaker, was born in Germany, immigrating to the United States and settling in Chicago. There, he met and married Elizabeth Kahlert, whose brother also made violins. Together they opened their shop in downtown Chicago, making instruments and rehairing bows between the 1860s and 1880s. Their shop was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but they were fortunately able to save their best violins. It is thought that Hermann Macklett made around 150 violins.

Warranty Info

1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with Shar's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

A distinctive violin by the American maker, Herman Macklett. Two-piece maple back with well-defined medium width grain, descending from the center joint. The top is of medium width straight grained spruce. Deep red varnish over a golden ground, with dramatic contrast due to constant use over the years, exposing layers. The violin is in a fine state of repair and preservation.

Herman Macklett, an upholsterer and amateur violinmaker, was born in Germany, immigrating to the United States and settling in Chicago. There, he met and married Elizabeth Kahlert, whose brother also made violins. Together they opened their shop in downtown Chicago, making instruments and rehairing bows between the 1860s and 1880s. Their shop was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but they were fortunately able to save their best violins. It is thought that Hermann Macklett made around 150 violins.

1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with Shar's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

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