John Furber Violin, London, UK Circa 1830
A fine violin in excellent condition by english violin maker John Furber, made in London, 1830.

Powerfully focused, with an open, vibrant, warm undertone, that has a commanding presence yet is both malleable and firm.

LOB 358.5mm
UB 16.45
MB 106mm
LB 207mm

About John & the Furber Dynasty of Makers:

John Furber (1780- after 1857) was a grandson of 4 generations of Furber family members, with David (1725-1787), followed by Matthew I (1735-1790), Matthew II (1772-1828), James (1770-1791), John, and Henry(1809-1891). Between them, they were employed in the trade for over a century, but seldom signed or labeled their work, and identified work is traced back to specific examples that have been labeled, with relatable and discernable workmanship characteristics. The family associations in the trade were primarily from John Johnson, Longman & Co, and Arthur Betts.

John Furber by 1813 onwards at 10 St. John's Row, Brick Lane, due to his close proximity to the Betts Shop, is credited with an economical class of work there, both well made and sounding work labeled and branded under the Betts name. This was a common practice for businesses of the times to offer a distinct range of quality of instruments at appropriate prices for various shops in London. 

John's work, standing out among the other family members along with his son Henry John Furber, supplied the competitive London violin market with honest and unpretentious violins for over a century. Their instruments are still well loved and used by musicians of all classes, but sadly often remain unattributed and anonymous. Some Furber instruments have received the ultimate tribute of being masked and sold as Italian; that this could happen without the deceit being exposed by the playing qualities of the instruments is an indirect nice tribute to this family of makers, and proof of their fine tonal merits in any era of violin making.

Furber Family Biographical Information studied, gathered, referenced, and summarized from the year 2000 BVMA publication of the "British Violin" by Tim Baker, John Dilworth, and Andrew Fairfax.

John Furber Violin, London, UK Circa 1830