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Old 05-22-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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I have a violin inscribed "Jas H Ingram, Wadesboro, NC 1910". I'm trying to find out something about who made it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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I have a violin inscribed "Jas H Ingram, Wadesboro, NC 1910". I'm trying to find out something about who made it.
The Violin Shoppe on 7th Street is the only place I know of that might be able to help you.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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I have a violin inscribed "Jas H Ingram, Wadesboro, NC 1910". I'm trying to find out something about who made it.
I have an idea of who you might want to ask...

Up in Galax, VA (home of the annual "Fiddler's Convention") there is a great little shop specializing in fiddles. I would give them a call and see if the name means anything to them. Music Store Virginia, instrument supplies, bluegrass and oldtime assessories southwest va music shop, Galax, fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, strings, tunners and capos. Barr's Fiddle Shop Stevie Barr

I'm bettting given the date on the instrument and the area it comes from, it's not considered a "violin" but rather a "fiddle"

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Old 05-22-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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I have a violin inscribed "Jas H Ingram, Wadesboro, NC 1910". I'm trying to find out something about who made it.
One question: Is the inscription on a label inside of the sound holes? If so, that should be your maker there.

James H. Ingram shows up in the 1910 census in Wadesboro as a 48-year-old manufacturer of furniture (I think, the second word after manufacturer is hard to make out but my best guest is furniture). He was originally from Tennessee. He also has a son listed as a carpenter (I can't make out the name), so it's likely that someone in the family made it themselves. But mass-produced European violins were also really popular in all regions at this time. Given the carpentry and furniture skill sets and that the guy was from Tennessee, though, I'm willing to be it might be handmade. Definitely ask the fiddle shop, too.

Tried posting the pdf of the census record but even as a jpg it won't let me.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:31 AM
 
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I have a violin inscribed "Jas H Ingram, Wadesboro, NC 1910". I'm trying to find out something about who made it.
Wow,that's awesome.We have hunting property around Wadesboro and the road name is Ingram Mtn Rd.The Ingram family are big land owners around Wadesboro,Lilesville. I know quite a few people born and raised in the area.I'll try to see what I can find out for you.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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The inscription is on a label inside the sound holes. It may be a "fiddle", but I played it as a violin in the Anderson (SC) Symphony while in school.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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The inscription is on a label inside the sound holes. It may be a "fiddle", but I played it as a violin in the Anderson (SC) Symphony while in school.
He's probably your maker but I would take it to the Violin Shoppe to have someone take an in person look at it and maybe send an email to the fiddle shop with a picture. There's no difference in a fiddle or a violin. It's in how you play it. I wouldn't assume just because it was a Southerner who made it that it was used as a fiddle.

Here's the link to his census record from 1910. If you're interested, you can try to find him in the other censuses too.

- Ancestry.com
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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A simple google turns up quite a bit of info, including a copy of the patent for his "radiating" violin construction technique, and an old trade publication article about his violins.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:47 PM
 
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A simple google turns up quite a bit of info, including a copy of the patent for his "radiating" violin construction technique, and an old trade publication article about his violins.
Awesome. I didn't even think of Google for a name that seems so obscure.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:01 PM
 
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If its ever been within 20 yards of a banjo (or banjo player) its a fiddle. Sounds like a gem, take it to a BG show and find a good fiddle player and see what he or she thinks after playing it. BG musicians are extremely approachable after the show. GL.
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