Owner Interview: Nicholas Heinz Violin Group & French Bow

Value (2015) | $19,000 Retail

In the world of retail, I would value this bowl at $4,000.

Holy Hannah. Wowzer. Shut the front door, girl. Are you serious?

Yeah. It's a beautiful bowl.

Wow. Wonderful.

The violin, I would value ...

My baby.

... at $12,000. It's a master quality instrument.

Oh, sweetie, I love that.

All of the ephemera that you brought, the tools and the pictures and the letters, I would say, in combined with the value would add $3,000 to its value.

Oh, my goodness. My grandfather was picking up coal with his brothers by the train track and he slipped and fell and the train cut his foot off. His father was a bricklayer and a carpenter. His father made him go up and down the ladder with a peg leg from just right above the ankle. He decided he didn't want to do that anymore. He loved working with wood, since his father was also a carpenter. He left his father and went to learn to make violins. He would go up to the Adirondacks, because he's from, had a shop in Manhattan. They would wait for the trees to grow out of the hills and then bow up. It gave him a natural bow to his foot. I understand he carved in his toes, nails, and the little hairs and the little wrinkles. They'd go to Coney Island and they'd try and guess his weight and they couldn't because they didn't know he had a foot like that. My mom always got a prize. She couldn't wait to take him to Coney Island and do that. He has three grandsons that are all carpenters, which is interesting. He died in 1945, very young. I never got to meet him, but my mom treasured it. My siblings were offered the chance to play the violin, they had to play it from grade school up and they didn't want it. I jumped. In second grade, I started playing. It's my heart. It has always been my heart, but see, now you'll make me cry. Just as precious as the money is important. The history of what Claire was able to tell me was outstanding. She gave me so much more.

Appraisal Details

Claire Givens Violins, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN
Appraised value (2015)
$19,000 Retail
Omaha, NE (June 27, 2015)

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