Sunday, May 22, 2011

William Gilkes, Violin Maker

William Gilkes Violin


Written by: Andy Fein and Angela Newgren


The English school of violin making has a wonderful lineage of great families of luthiers- the Dukes, the Panormos, the Furbers, the Betts, the Dodds, and the Forsters. One of the finest violin makers in the Forster shop was Samuel Gilkes. Samuel Gilkes' son, William, followed his father into violin making. Born in 1811, William produced many fine instruments with his time as a luthier. He was also
an accomplished violinist and band leader. His violin making reflects the fact that he understood what a violinist needs in a professional violin. 

This violin, made by William Gilkes, was previously in the collection of a professional violinist. We purchased part of his collection, including this violin, a few years ago from his heirs.

William Gilkes Violin

William Gilkes Violin



The violin was made in 1867, eight years before William's death. It carries a deep mellow tone which matches perfectly with its distinguished deep brick red varnish color.

William Gilkes Violin

William Gilkes Violin

You can find more information about this William Gilkes violin, available from Fein Violins, Ltd.

1 comment:

  1. crumbleaddict2/29/2012 7:51 AM

    I play a William Gilkes fiddle labelled 1850 and the number on the Dartmouth Street label has been written over to read 35. I love my instrument. It's a shame his dad usually gets all the glory!

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