Contributed by Stanley Museum
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.
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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Standardized Subject Headings
- Violin makers--Maine--Kingfield
- Bowed string instruments--Maine--Kingfield
- Stringed instrument makers--Maine--Kingfield
For more information about this item, contact:Stanley Museum
street: 40 School Street, mailing: PO BOX 77, Kingfield, ME 04947
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