A very nice violin made by this interesting English maker. Excellent condition, sounds good too.
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John Wilkinson (1889 – 1961)was a violinist-turned-maker, who carried out restorations for and sold instruments through J.&A. Beare Ltd in London for four decades. After an injury sustained in the First World War, Wilkinson lost much of the use of his left wrist. By using a T-shaped splint he was able to learn making and became a good copyist. He is said to have never used his name on a label or a brand, although some of his instruments bear a label ‘John Wilkinson, London, 19__’ later inserted by Beare for sale purposes. He also occasionally used a fictitious label: ‘Gennaro Lanari fecit Napoli anno 19__’.
He is said to have made over 900 instruments, including many violas. His son, John, also worked for Beares
I've sold many Wilkinson instruments and he offers great value for money! Old school making!