This violin was
made in 1947 and is in near perfect condition. Varnish is a warm
brown with gold undertones. The two-piece quarter-sawn back is of
maple with even tight flame. The ribs and neck are of similar
wood. The two piece spruce top is of medium even grain.
Arthur and his brother, Hermenegil, are listed in Thomas
Wenberg's The Violin Makers of the United States where
color photos of their violins can be seen.
The Chamberland Brothers are the poet laureates of
violin making in Vermont. Their instruments are collectibles and
much sought after, revered by Vermont fiddlers and violinists
alike. The brothers collectively and individually made a
combined total of over 350
violins at their farm in North Troy, and later in Newport, Vermont.
They studied violin making with their father, Joseph Chamberland, who was
born in Armagh, Quebec on September 21, 1861. Their mother,
Florida Landry, was born July 10, 1862 in St. Elzear, Quebec.. Arthur was born in Armagh on October 15, 1888, and died
on Dec. 2, 1966 in Newport, Vermont. He was 78 and never
married. His grave can be found in the town cemetery of North
Troy. The family came to the U.S. in 1918-1919. Arthur and Hermenegilde had four other brothers, Archille, Joseph, Alfred and
Thurmond Knight has repaired over two dozen,
and totally restored 8 of the Chamberland violins since 1986.
Sale price: $3200.
[Chamberland family history was
supplied by Arthur's nephew, John, J. Brown.]