1873 print: VIOLINS & ZITHERS makers in Bavaria - 2 views & text; Mittenwald

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Seller: nickmar (4,553) 100%, Location: Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US, Item: 274307077731 Violin and Zither Makers Harpers Weekly 1873 This is a wood-engraved single sheet only which is over 140 years old! It was published in a Supplement to the May 10, 1873, issue of Harper's Weekly, America's leading illustrated paper in the second half of the 1800s. It measures 11 x 16 inches in size. It is in excellent condition, with a slight bit of toning from age. The page presents a pair of engravings, plus an article on them. Each engraving measures 6 x 9 inches in size, with the article running across the center, separating them. Both scenes depict musical instrument artisans laboring in their workshops. The top one is titled VIOLIN-MAKERS and the bottom one is of ZITHER-MAKERS. The accompanying article is 46 lines of text long, and says, in part: In the quaint little Bavarian village of Mittenwald nearly 8000 violins are made every year for export to all parts of the world. . . . The inhabitants work in their own homes, as will be seen in the sketch. The workmen are about 200 in number, and receive very scanty pay for their labor. . . . Most of them only do the fiddle-work in winter, as they are generally occupied in the summer in getting in their little bit of corn, hay, etc. A boy can learn the trade without any pecuniary assistance on the part of his parents, as the Bavarian government started a school for violin-makers some years ago. There is also a drawing-school and a music-school, free to all who choose to join. They make some wonderful imitations of violins, such as those of Antonius Straduarius, Cremona . . . . Giuseppe Guarnerius . . . and many more. These are sold in Mittenwald as imitations, but are often passed off by others as originals. All kinds of stringed instruments are made in this romantic village. The zither is one of the sweetest and most touching of instruments. It is unique! . . . Zithers have been made in Mittenwald for the last 100 years . . . all zither-makers of note who have established themselves in Munich, Vienna, and other large cities have learned their trade there. Most of the peasants can play the zither a little . . . . Etc. gsrxvers856 (GS 7.0.20 (856))

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