A Composite Violin by John Friedrich Bro.
An semi-old composite American violin, built originally by John Friedrich Bro, a top 20th century German immigrant maker and importer of German instruments. Soon after established the company “Friedrich, John, & Bro.” on 5th Avenue in New York City, John received the highest award bestowed for violins, violas, and violoncellos at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. One of his violins was also granted the highest awards, Grand Prize and Gold Medal, at the St Louis World’s Exposition in 1904.
This violin bears his Label “John Friedrich Bro. New York N.Y. Anno 1925” It’s a composite violin, the ribs, back, and scroll are original, and the top plated was later made by Peter Lam. The back is a one piece back, and it’s coated with deep reddish color.