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Archibald Sommerville Hill (b. 1882 - d. 1969)
Archibald Sommerville Hill was an Australian-born maker who emigrated to the United States in 1893. Hill learned his trade in Chicago, New York, and Toronto before opening his shop his shop in Seattle around 1922. He eventually moved East of the Cascades and settled in Yakima in 1960.
Not only does the instrument have a powerful, open sound across all registers, it comes outfitted with a case and the original bow made by Archibald to accompany the violin.
1874 - 1954. Mirecourt, France. Apprenticed with his father's cousin, George Mougenot, a highly respected violin maker, from 1887 - 1894. Worked for Paul Blanchard in Lyons, Paul Jombar in Paris, and Hill and Sons, London. Began his own workshop in Mirecourt, 1899. Gold medal at the Nancy international exhibition, 1909.
Marco Imer Piccinotti
J. Michael G. Fischer
Amédée Dieudonné: 1890-1960
Born in Mirecourt, France, Amédée Dieudonné began his violin making apprenticeship with Gustave Bazin at age 14. Five years later, he began work in Brussels with the Darche firm. Amédée would eventually move back to Mirecourt to establish his shop in 1920. He was a prolific maker who built instruments for several firms, including Rudolph Wurlitzer, Moennig, Blanchard, Laberte, Mangenot, and Millant.