Wilkanowski Italian Model Viola 16.5", Polish Maker

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Wilkanowski Italian Model Viola 16.5", Polish Maker

16" viola by Wilkanowski.

About Wilkanowski: Born in Poland, 1886. Made first violin in ninth year. Became fully fledged maker at the age of 17. Went to U.S.A. Worked for Oliver Ditson Co., 1920, and for Gretsch Co. (New York), 1938. Said to have made 5,000 violins, 100 violas, and 30 guitars up to the year 1945. Cremonese models. Oil varnish of own formula, made from amber. Golden-brown shaded to reddish-brown. Usually a penetrating tone. 

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