Incredible Aluminum Violin - circa 1930's

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Aluminum Violin, designed by John Burdick for the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), circa 1930. An incredibly sculptural and emblematic icon of the Machine Age. The Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) first produced John Burdick’s full size aluminum bass in 1928. Dr. Joseph Maddy, the founder of the Interlochen School of Music, was drawn to the instrument for it's experimental use of material and it's sturdy quality. In 1932, Maddy collaborated with Burdick and ALCOA to produce the aluminum violin, which was distributed by the Aluminum Musical Instrument Company. It is signed with the distributor’s decal label to interior: "Aluminum Musical Instrument Co. Ann Arbor, Michigan 1932 patent applied for". Another example of this design is featured in the book "Aluminum by Design", Nichols, pg. 29.

Details

    Materials and Techniques
    Aluminum
    Bakelite
    Ebony
    Wire
  • Condition
    Very good condition, hand polished to a gleaming shine. It has been restrung, however the setup was left as found, and it may need tuning or other minor modifications if you intend to play it.
  • Dimensions
    23.5 in. H x 8.25 in. W x 3.75 in. D
    60 cm H x 21 cm W x 10 cm D
  • Dealer Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    U1002168718458
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