Lot 557 View Catalog
RARE VIRGINIA MADE VIOLIN, traditional form with carved scroll and simple line inlay, printed interior label reads "The BALL Violin, / Oakshade, Va. / No 1. Jan, 1899 / Made by W. A. Ball", with bow. Late 19th century. 23 1/2" long.
Provenance: Property of a Virginia private collector.
Jeffrey S. Evans/GVA, 6/23/06, lot 1141.
Catalogue Note: The tiny community of Oakshade is located just off Rt. 229 in Culpeper County. W. A. Ball is likely William A. Ball (b. June 19, 1878) in Manassas, VA son of Samuel Asbury Ball. The 1900 census recorded William living with his father in Falls Church, about 50 miles northeast of Oakshade. He was listed as a Government Clerk in the 1900 and 1910 censuses. In 1918 be applied for a passport to travel to France as a clerk to the auditor for the U.S. War Department. By 1940 he is living in Mechanicsburg, Bland Co., and working at odd jobs. This is the only violin known to have been made by Ball.