Frank Hudson Butler c. late 1930s

March 30, 2018, 7:44 AM · Long shot, but does anyone know anything about this maker? I ran across a violin recently that I'm curious about.

thx, ff

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March 30, 2018, 11:44 AM · hmmm, I did find this:

and this:

not much to go on though. any other info appreciated.

Edited: March 30, 2018, 12:15 PM · In addition tho this in the website:
"BUTLER, Frank Hudson Born 1898 Ranger, Worked from 1936 Premont, Texas USA. Amateur maker, using 1715 Stradivari ‘Alard’ violin as a model. Decent materials and craftsmanship…."

Henley's Universal Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers said it this way:
"Enthusiastic Amateur. Residdent at Premont (Texas)
Carefully made violins--generally modeled on the Alard Strad. Good wood (subjected to electric currents to test its endurance and tone-resonance)--and oil varnish."

A replica label is shown with the notation --"( printed as though written)"

If you put all this information together it sounds like he started making violins in 1936 at the age of 38 and continued for 10 years.

March 30, 2018, 12:42 PM · Thanks for the context, Andrew. I wonder how prolific he much to know...and not know.

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