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2005/61/2 Violinda violin and label, timber / plastic / metal, maker unknown, Czechoslovakia, 1900-1970. Click to enlarge.

Violinda violin from Czechoslovakia

Made in Czechoslovakia, Europe, 1900-1970.

One of the strengths of the Powerhouse Museum’s musical instrument collection is its violin collection of both European and Australian made instruments. The collection also contains several unusual examples of violin design that contrast significantly from the usual violin form. These include a quartet of instruments in Australian timbers known as the Alma V quartet by Australian maker Graham Caldersmith, a walking stick violin, a trapezoid violin by John Anderson after the Savart type and a mut...


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Object Statement

Violinda violin and label, timber / plastic / metal, maker unknown, Czechoslovakia, 1900-1970

Physical Description

Violinda violin and label, timber / plastic / metal, maker unknown, Czechoslovakia, 1900-1970

Violinda violin with guitar shaped body and arched belly probably of pine. There are green dots on the side of the neck for finger positions and narrow ribs at the top and bottom and the flat back is painted black. The belly tapers at the sides and is attached directly to the back. The trapezoid shaped head has four tuners at the top of the headstock that operate vertical tuning levers. The narrow f-holes have sharply pointed ends. There is a violin fingerboard, bridge and tailpiece and no chinrest. There is a separate dealer's label.



Violinda violin production unknown but appears to be several varieties based on the same basic design. According to a label on the violin it was made in Czechoslovakia. The maker of the label is unknown.


Czechoslovakia, Europe 1900-1970



Displayed by Roger Buckmaster in the window of his Melbourne violin making and repair business as an unusual design of violin.


Credit Line

Gift of Roger Buckmaster, 2005

Acquisition Date

15 February 2005

Cite this Object


Violinda violin from Czechoslovakia 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 July 2019, <>


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