GEORGE CRASKE – VIOLIN mid 19th Century
George Craske is credited as a maker producing one of the highest numbers of instruments single handed. He appears to have had an uncontrollable urge to make instruments of the violin family. His works can be variable but on occasions you find instruments like this violin that show Craske as one of the finer English makers. He is thought to have started making with William Forster but instruments like this one show he had an eye for making instruments with the appearance of antiquity. This violin, which bears the W E Hill & Sons label stating “Made by George Craske born 1797, died 1888 and sold by W E Hill & Sons” and is further marked by Hills as “Special Quality”.