One-Armed Violin

This fascinating image appears in a photo postcard, which unfortunately, has no postmark or date. I have no way to know, of course, whether Knutsen, Anderson, or even Livermore had anything to do with it. Still, the arm - with its little soundhole, and the Knutsen-shaped extension - seems too unique and obscure to be anything but a Knutsen-designed or built instrument! Perhaps, like his harp mandolins, which he apparently only began building after the Livermore patent (shown at right) expired in 1910, this was built at that time. The only other likely scenario is that Livermore actually had someone build an instrument under his patent.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HV2

                 Category

Harp Violins

                 Body Style

"Upper Bass Arm"

                 Current or last known owner

unknown player

              Year (approx)

unknown

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

4

 

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