Violin labelled Joseph Hill 1777 in wood case
Violin labelled Joseph Hill 1777 in wood case This interesting violin has a paper label with Joseph Hill 1777. It is beautifully crafted with a medium grain Spruce table and a lovely one-piece back. It has some very old repairs that have been made by a professional luthier. Notably, the split along the entire back has been well repaired. There is a very good repair to the top of the left upper corner of the centre bout. A little research suggests that this may be the real item as Joseph Hill is well documented for creating differing standards of instruments, according to his customer’s specifications. (“customer’s budget” to the rest of us!) His high-end violins were exquisitely crafted with fine-grain tables and beautifully inlaid purflings. His trade violins were even supplied with scribed “purfling”. One of his sons, Lockley Hill, mainly scribed the purfling. This violin has a scribed purfling and a medium grain table. Some would play on the safe side, and suggest that this is a copy of a Joseph Hill. If it is, it was probably made in Germany around 1870-1880 as the German violin makers were prolific “copiers” at that time. Violin labelled Joseph Hill & brief history of movement: Earliest recorded is 1753, High Holborn, London 1761, he relocated to Pall Mall, London 1765, he moved again to Haymarket, London 1773-1776, the labels had Joseph Hill & Sons 1780, his son (Joseph Hill II) took over 1784, Joseph Hill died. Either way, I have priced it as if it’s a copy as I don’t have any provenance. It is still over 140 years old and plays beautifully. If it turns out to be a real violin labelled Joseph Hill, you’re looking at a £6,000 to £10,000 violin. It will be supplied in a vintage wood case. The case has a couple of splits in the wood but is still lovely. Please come and try this violin. I have many others that are for sale, so you are very welcome to try those too.