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
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
1930's
Period
1930-1939
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
Address
ABC Modern
By Appointment Only
Atlanta GA 30310
US
(470) 243-2194
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