Labeled Martinus Mathias
Very typical of 18th century Austrian making, this instrument was constructed on the Stainer model, with high arching and dark varnish. The William Lewis and Son certificate accompanying the violin states that it is characteristic of the Johann Georg Thir School, one of the greatest luthiers of the mid-18th century. Indeed, this old instrument is a good example of Austrian violin making of that time. The tone is dark, warm, and mellow.