Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Adolph Spicker

Pulled the top off a violin today, and found this little repair label glued to the rib near the end-block.  It's about 3/4" by 3/8", and came loose from the rib, being photographed here against the inside back.  After getting my work done, I glued it back in place.

It reads: ADOLPH SPICKER, Dealer in and Repairer of Musical Instruments, Cincinnati, O.

I hadn't heard of Adolph Spicker, but did a quick internet search.  I found this news story from March 17, 1928.

  Friends of Adolph Spicker, aged 60, of Cincinnati, Ohio, last week were shocked to hear of his death, which occurred at his home on Friday.  He was proprietor of a violin store and repair shop in Cincinnati and numbered among his clients Ysaye, Kriesler, and MacMillen.  He received his musical education in Germany.