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A violin with a mid-coloured wooden body. It has a bridge and four strings, one of the strings are broken. It has four black wooden tuning pegs with mother of pearl round inserts on ends. " William Ernest Billing / New Plymouth N.Z / Fecit A.D 1918 / (W.E. Billing) [signed] " is handwritten in blue ink on a piece of paper which is adhered inside the main body.
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This is William Billing's own violin. It was made in 1918 and has been passed down through his family. Billing made his first violin in 1906 from trees from inland Taranaki. He firmly believed that New Zealand timbers were as good for making violins as those from Europe.
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I have a Billing violin purchased, as new, from the maker in the 1950s. It will need a new home.

- Anthony on 31-01-2022 23:45:55

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