QUESTION: I bought a violin that came in this case. The previous owner bought the violin in 1933 in Boston. I saw the Eagle lock and your name in a search. Here are some photos. Can you tell me anything about this case - age, materials, etc? Do you need more photos? I can only include 2
ANSWER: Hi Matt,
The lock and latches from Eagle Lock company are brass and a style they made from about 1920 to about 1954 when the company closed. Most musical instrument cases of that time were made of a body of thin wood covered with either leather or painted canvas. I used to own an old trumpet made in 1935 and it had a similar looking case but it was covered with black painted canvas. Your case appears to be leather which has a black finish. It's a little difficult sometimes to tell if it's leather from a picture but the worn edges where it's brown appears to be leather. As far as the age goes, based on the style of those latches I would estimate this could have been made from about 1920 or 1930's. I hope that helps.
QUESTION: Here are two images. Would it have been typical for the handle to be wrapped like that? Is that twine of some sort? Here is a shot of the most worn corner. Can you tell what that material is?
I can see from the close up picture that the case is leather covered over a wood body, as I expected. I do not believe that is the original wrapping on the handle, but it has been wrapped with that linen cord or twine, probably because the leather covering had worn through. Hope that helps.
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