A fine violin by George Craske, Birmingham circa 1840.

One of the finest violins by George Craske that I have seen in a long time, the overall design harks back to the later period of Stradivari’s long-pattern in the second half of the 1690s. However, mannerisms in the soundholes, and a more circular upper bout than is strictly Stradivarian hint strongly that he had seen Daniel Parker’s work. The violin was marked aside as ‘special’ by W.E. Hill & Sons more than a century ago. It still holds it’s own as one of the most impressive sounding instruments I have come across by this maker.

George Craske's interpretation of Daniel Parker's work, against an original Parker of 1705.

George Craske’s interpretation of Daniel Parker’s work, against an original Parker of 1705.