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.
A fine violin by George Craske, Birmingham circa 1840.