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made by John Antes, 1759, Bethlehem
possibly the first violin made in Colonial America

John Antes (1740-1811) was born in Pennsylvania, and was raised in Moravian schools. He showed early promise as a musician, and contracted to make a set of instruments for Lititz, Pennsylvania. The only known Antes instruments which survive, however, are this violin made in 1759, and a viola made in 1764 (now in the collection of the Litiz Moravian Archives). A cello which he made in 1764 is thought to be in the Moravian Church collection in Gnadenhutten, Ohio.

From the collection of the Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth, Pennsylvania.


John Antes Violin


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