V.com weekend vote: How many violin-shaped knick-knacks do you own?

June 22, 2019, 4:29 PM · If you play the violin, it's inevitable: you will likely receive some violin-related knick-knacks as gifts, or you may even buy a few for yourself.

Behold, for example, this lovely row of violin-shaped glass bottles that lines a shelf at Metzler Violins:

violin bottles

For this vote I'd like to concentrate on objects have a violin shape in them but whose function is not as a violin or instrument.

For example, in my kitchen I have a violin-shaped cutting board, cookie cutter and a mug that has a rather curvy violin as its handle. I also have an apron with violins all over it. I have a violin necklace, a violin pin, and a violin scarf.

Out and about in the world, I've seen violin-shaped purses and wallets, violin-shaped boxes of candy, violin-shaped flash drives, clocks, watches, keychains, jewelry boxes, pencils -- heck, even a swimming pool and violin-shaped building!

How many violin-shaped items can you call your own? What is the strangest one you have? The most useful? The smallest, or the biggest? Please participate in the vote and then tell us about your violin-shaped items and knick-knacks.

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June 22, 2019 at 10:18 PM · I only have a couple-one is a Hummel that I found in a flea market (a boy playing a violin), a violin necklace that everyone seems to really admire (especially when I show them it was from Amazon for cheap), and a violin by Jim Shore that was on clearance from Hallmark. Hallmark is going to have a violin ornament that makes music when you "bow" the strings for the holidays this year, which will be cool!

June 23, 2019 at 12:23 AM · I once bought a $60 violin from a random owner and it turned out to be pure junk. It wouldn't stay in tune, and it was just crap overall. Haven't made that mistake since.

June 23, 2019 at 12:44 AM · Three items come to mind. First, two cufflinks I inherited from a friend of the family . I must have been 19 or 20 at the time he handed them down to me. His dad had been a violinist. To this day, I've never used them, since I don't use cufflinks; but I value them highly -- and I know right where I keep them.

The other is a tie clip -- I believe my parents gave it to me around this same period. It's another item I highly prize, and I do use it -- although you'd have to be pretty close up to tell what it is. I also know right where I keep this item. Still, as I've said elsewhere, I never wear a tie or jacket when playing.

Can't think of any others offhand. Never purchased any myself.

June 23, 2019 at 04:56 AM · When I was buying viola strings in China online I got a keychain with a violin (or is it a viola) attached to it along with the strings. So far I have two of them. I also have a violin-shaped Christmas ornament for our Christmas tree.

June 23, 2019 at 08:50 AM · Only one.

Attached to a keychain is a soft plastic violin body shaped item with a silhouette of Paganini on one side and the local violin shop details on the other.

June 23, 2019 at 01:08 PM · A set of violin-shaped x-mas tree ornaments. I counted that as one.

June 23, 2019 at 01:17 PM · I have a crystal in the shape of a violin with a gold plated neck/scroll/tailpiece/strings gifted from a family member eons ago, and a recent gift of a violin shaped pendant. The former is on my knick-knack shelf, and the latter is hanging in my practice room.

June 23, 2019 at 02:20 PM · Definitely no knick knacks. Two trays from my parents that originated from the 50-'s and 60's and their years with the Carmel Bach Festival. A tray shaped like a violin and an in-lay enamel black tray with Bach and partial violin...gorgeous art.

June 23, 2019 at 03:43 PM · I bet the violin teachers are gonna win this one...

Edited to say I have none anymore--but I've moved around a lot and I'm pretty ruthless about getting rid of stuff I don't need

June 23, 2019 at 08:22 PM · Only one. A Dali-esque interpretation of a violin on a stand that my student made in both art class and wood shop. One of a kind.

June 23, 2019 at 10:03 PM · My daughter gave me a 20 oz travel beverage container (no other way to describe it) with a violin etched on it and my wife had a violin etched into a small glass at a Renaissance festival. Both very useful. I also have a small violin pin sitting on my computer keyboard. Never used it. On the wall over our player piano, we have two violin pictures with my first VSO on top of the piano if those count.

June 24, 2019 at 02:17 AM · My oldest daughter used to give me a violin shaped Christmas tree ornament every year. I have about 20 of those. When my grandson was2 he used to get the largest VSO off the tree and pretend he was playing it using a ruler for a bow. Now he is taking violin lessons.

I also have two vests, a vase, 4 pins and two necklaces shaped like violins. My favorite one is my violin shaped purse. It is a great conversation starter.

June 24, 2019 at 11:52 AM · A violin-shaped bottle opener, gift from Fiddlershop.

A rosin box, from some chinese e-shop.

Two violin-themed statuettes, one is an owl (I love owls) playing a violin.

June 24, 2019 at 05:55 PM · I have a keychain that I use for a zipper pull on my pochette case, a decorative wall ornament made out of cane handed down by my friend's mother-in-law, and a clever little snail from a friend who is a repair technician made out of the scroll of a broken violin with ball-end string bits for feelers.

June 24, 2019 at 07:02 PM · I don’t know how to answer this. I have quite a few violin-shaped Christmas tree ornaments along with various angels and Santas playing the violin.

For the students and parents who are reading this, please do not give your teacher violin tchotchkes. Just don’t. If they have been teaching for more than a year, they probably already started quite a collection from other students. Homemade baked goods, high-quality chocolate, or gift cards are all excellent choices instead.

I really hate violin kitsch.

June 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM · I should have more! I put down one, but that may be stretching it a bit. A long time ago, I bought a miniature violin (6" long) because I wanted a violin :) Of course I found out immediately that it's not playable, even if it did come with an outsized (for it) piece of rosin. Some day I might make an art doll to scale and have the doll "playing" it. --Fran Rizzardi

June 25, 2019 at 07:52 PM · We have a couple of violin-shaped Christmas tree ornaments (complete with strings). Or maybe they're cello-shaped, since my wife plays cello. She also has a ceramic figurine (originally her mother's) of someone playing a cello, although this was long before she took up the instrument (and her mother never played).

June 28, 2019 at 07:29 PM · I received a violin shaped Christmas tree ornament as a gift. Its cute but I don’t ever hang it up because I like ball ornaments on my tree XD

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