Freelan Oscar Stanley Violin, 1865

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A violin made by Freelan Oscar Stanley (1849-1940) in Kingfield, Maine in 1865. F.O. Stanley made a toy violin for himself when he was a 10-year-old boy. This violin is believed to be his first full-sized instrument, made when he was 16 years old. The violin is signed in ink "F.O Stanley 1865" directly on the wood interior.

F.O. Stanley continued to make violins as a hobby through-out his life. Together with his twin brother, Francis Edgar Stanley (1849-1918), he produced a select number of concert-quality instruments after careful study of classic violins produced by Italian masters. After his retirement from the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, F.O. Stanley set up a home-based violin-making shop with his nephew, Carlton Fairfield Stanley (1871-1956), in Newton, Massachusetts. F.O. Stanley is believed to have produced over 200 instruments in his career.

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About This Item

  • Title: Freelan Oscar Stanley Violin, 1865
  • Creator: Freelan Oscar Stanley
  • Creation Date: 1865
  • Subject Date: 1865
  • Location: Kingfield, Franklin County, ME
  • Media: Spruce and maple
  • Dimensions: 60 cm x 21 cm x 9 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Stanley Museum
street: 40 School Street, mailing: PO BOX 77, Kingfield, ME 04947
(207) 265-2729

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