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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: A little help please?

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Mcphillips84 - Posted - 12/12/2018:  15:54:57

I am having trouble finding any information on a violin that was given to me from my aunt. It is "Lewis Solo Violin No. 1 B". It says (the "Betts" stradivari) by Franz Weilder in Schilbach. Anno 1912. For William lewis & son, chicago. If anyone can give me some information on this I would appreciate it greatly, thank you.

gapbob - Posted - 12/13/2018:  02:18:50

Mcphillips84 - Posted - 12/13/2018:  04:11:51


Originally posted by gapbob

Thank you for your reply. I have read the information there, it doesn't mention my violin in particular or the man who made it,  Franz Weidler. I have done many searches but can't seem to find anything on the lewis solo violin no. 1 B.

giannaviolins - Posted - 12/13/2018:  07:33:59

Might be listed in my references. Not sure whether they're in the shop or my storage unit. Might post on maestronet - many of those folks likely haven't packed everything!

gapbob - Posted - 12/13/2018:  07:40:44

I would suggest looking through catalogs from that era (Sears) if you can find them online.

gapbob - Posted - 12/13/2018:  14:24:26

I checked the following three books that I have and found nothing:
The Violin Makers of the United States
Known Violin Makers
The Brompton's Book of Violin and Bow Makers

In Brompton's there was a Czech maker born in 1901 named Anton Weidler, but not near Schilbach and too young.
Sometimes genealogical sources can be helpful, but not too many European sites

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