Wright of Aberdeenshire Violin ca. 1875
This violin was made ca. 1875 by a Scottish luthier
with the surname Wright, purportedly in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The instrument was brought to Quebec by the Maclure family where it
lived for decades until it was brought into the States, ending up with a
Maclure great-grandson in Vermont. The name "Wright" along with
the letters "ABD" are stamped into the back just below the button.
Inside the bass F hole can be seen written, in ink-on-wood of the back,
in a very fine hand: "Rep. by R. Fasolt, 1893." Fasolt is known to
have been a renowned German repairman of violins. No other
identifying marks can be found. The violin has been completely
restored by Thurmond Knight, a luthier in Barton, Vermont (who is of
Scottish heritage via the Stewart Clan). The instrument has a fine
dark golden-brown varnish. The two piece spruce top is of medium
grain, even across the full width of the lower bouts. The one
piece maple back is highly figured. Sinking around the periphery
of the violin is wide on both top and back, with greater depth on the
back plate. The violin looks to be modeled somewhat after those of
Nicola Amati. The tone is exceedingly sweet with quick response
and good projection.