Violin Cases of the Baroque Period

  • Glenn Wood


Historical violin cases constitute a small subset of antique collectibles and have hitherto received very little attention even from the violin enthusiast community whom they have served for centuries. Violin cases dating to the baroque period (approximately 1600 - 1750 A.D.) are very rare and are mostly to be found in museum vaults or private collections. Here, for the first time, Dr. Wood presents his registry of all the
specimens of baroque violin cases he has encountered during 15 years of research. All are from Europe, most are from Italy and some are believed to be from the workshop of Stradivari. These silent sentinels of history have survived wars, pestilence and the ravages of time in their duty of protecting valuable violins.