Giffnock Violins





Alexander Smillie - Glasgow 1896

A very fine Scottish violin made by Smillie in 1896 when he was running his shop on the South Side of Glasgow. Smillie was at this time living just across the road from his shop in Victoria Rd about 100 metres from the gates of Queens Park. Labelled Alexander Smillie, Crosshill , Glasgow , 1896 and numbered 96. This violin was made to the same model and is very similar to the Alexander Smillie violin , no 100 , shown in David Rattray’s book Violin Making in Scotland 1750 – 1950. It sports a rich red varnish and is in an excellent state of preservation.

Alexander Smillie – Glasgow 1911.

A beautiful Scottish violin from the Smillie and Son workshop. This violin is built on a later model to the previous one listed above. The Smillie model changed around the time the workshop moved to St George’s Road in 1901, North of the River Clyde. Andrew Smillie became involved in the output of the shop around the turn of the century and his influence and input was immediately evident. The Smillie model had evolved considerably by 1911. The model was drawn more on Guarneri principals, the F holes far more upright and the purfling is executed with greater neatness. This example is in virtually mint condition . Labelled A Smillie and Son, 171 St George’s Rd, Glasgow and inscribed “Made for Captain……….and dated in pencil 1911.”

Breton – French c.1830.

An excellent instrument made in the Mirecourt, Breton workshop. Golden Orange varnish. One piece back. In excellent condition.

Furber Family - London England, c 1800 period setup

A lovely English, Furber violin probably by John or Matthew Furber made circa 1810. This violin is in original set up and condition with original neck, pegs and endpin, the tailpiece is a modern replacement. Set up as a period classical instrument. l.o.b 365 mm. Price £6500