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Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

Jeff (View posts)
Posted: 6 Nov 2002 12:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
I was hoping to uncover the history of John Ericson, violin maker. This violin has been in our family for over twenty years and prior to that belonged to a member of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra. We would like to track the history of the instrument. If anyone has any information, please respond. Thanks.

Re: Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

del peters (View posts)
Posted: 28 Dec 2003 1:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
In response to you request for information about John Ericson:

I knew Mr Ericson, and was very close to his daughter, Dorothy. Please contact me with any questions. I will be happy to assist you.

Re: Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

Malin Eriksson (View posts)
Posted: 10 Mar 2004 3:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
John Ericson was my grandfather's uncle who moved to USA from Sweden in 1911. He was born in 1893 in a small swedish town called Tibro. When he first came to America he worked as an apprentice of Walter Goss in Boston. In 1918 he moved to Chicago and a year later to Brunswick, Hanover. He opened a shop in Hammond in 1926. My greatgrandfather and John's brother Edvin was meant to have moved with him but, so my grandfather claims, missed the boat from Gothenburg and remained in Sweden. I do not know all that much about his background other than that his father's name was August and that he was a carpenter. My grandfather's sister also has a violin made by John. I hope that, eventhough it is not much, this information might be of interest to you.

Re: Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

Gregor Harvey (View posts)
Posted: 23 Apr 2005 4:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a very nice violin made by "A.J. Erickson, Boston MA, 1911" that my grandfather bought around 1920, and my father played as well. It is a superb instrument, all who play it agree, and my understanding was that the maker worked at the Chickering Piano factory in Boston, and was a luthier in his spare time. I wonder if this could be the father of John Ericson? I've tried to find info on other Erickson Violins, but this is the closest I've come. John Ericson is also the one in "Violin Makers of the United States" , a hardcover tome that includes amateurs, but not A.J. Erickson

Re: Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

Nat (View posts)
Posted: 19 May 2005 8:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
I recently sold an Ericson violin made in 1939 #554 which my granmother bought for my mother who played it and then gave it to me and I played for many years. The man who bought it from me paid with a fraudulent cashiers check so if you hear of itbeing resold I would appreciate any info. I am very said to think this instrument may not be appreciated and played as it should be. Thanks.

Re: Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

Stephanie Wells (View posts)
Posted: 2 Oct 2005 5:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Eret, Witherell
This violin was made by my great-great uncle by marriage. John Ericson was married to my great-great Aunt Tillie Sturm who was a science teacher in Indiana Schools. She was born and raised in Southern IL. They married later in life and didn't have children together but I think John might have had children from a previous marriage. Aunt Tillie self-published an autobiography in 1980, the year she died at the age of 90. John died around the early 1970s but I can't remember exactly when. Might have been late 60s. I was born in 66 so I don't have memories of him but my older sister does. We have a photograph of him in his studio trying to teach her violin. Would you be interested in a copy of this if we can dig it up? When I find my copy of Tillie's book, I can give you more info including his parent's names and birth dates, places etc. He was a very interesting person. Nobody in my immediate family knows how many violins he made. Pieces of unfinished violins and his tools and forms and frames remained in the garage at Aunt Tillie's home until she died and we don't know what happened to that stuff either. You can email my mother, who knew him better than I, at carrot53@aol.com. Hope this helps. Stephanie Wells

Re: Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

Lorraine Homner (View posts)
Posted: 15 Feb 2006 4:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sorry to hear about your loss. I was born in Hammond, In and my father had a violin made by John Ericson in 1939 and his number is 556. I would go and make payments for him. His shop was downtown on Hohman and State St. in Hammond.

He worked in Chicago for several years with another violin maker and can't remember his name but I can get it if you are interested. He left Chicago and came to Hammond and when he retired he lived in Cedar Lake with his daughter I understand if he would have stayed in Chicago he would have been just as famous as the other man, but he choose to come to Indiana.

I know a man who repairs violins and every so often he sees a John Ericson violin. I will mention to him about yours and hopefully one day it will be found. Lorraine Verrill Homner

Re: Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

nat (View posts)
Posted: 17 Feb 2006 10:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the info...I have all the original papers and my grandmother did as you and paid weekly. Sad to think the instrument may met an unhappy ending but that is life...maybe it will return !

Re: Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

Posted: 21 Jan 2007 11:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Stephanie
I want to thank you for responsding to my request some time ago about John Ericson. What a intersting story about your great, great uncle. Several people over the last several years have resonded to my request. Can you see the responses as well? If not, I can forward to you since there is a substantial amount of history on John. This violin has been in my family for over thirty years. My parents purchased this violin from a member of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra when I was in third grade. My oldest son is intersted in playing so it sparked my interst since I haven't played for some time. I cleaned and polished (as well as played, although not like the old days). This particular violin was build in 1927 and it a beautiful tigar maple. In any event, if you ever had a picture or some other info on John, that would be greatly appreciated. Our address is Jeff Krupa, 3801 Foxcroft Rd. Charlotte, NC 28211. We relocated from Boston after I sent the original email and I grew up in RI (background on being in RI). Thanks, Jeff 704-364-4174

Re: Violin Maker: John H. Ericson 1921 made in Hammond, Ind

Posted: 22 Jan 2007 12:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Malin:
I want to thank you for responding to my email. After my request, we were in the process of building a new home and then ultimately relocating. This particular violin was made in 1927 and it is a beautiful tigar maple. Its been in our family for over thirty years. My father purcahsed it from a member of the RI Philharmonic for me when I was in third grade. We polished it and played it today and it is certainly a fine instrument. We plan on having it in our family for years to come. Thanks again and I greatly appreciate you detailed response.

Regards,
Jeff
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