Carlisle Violin


This beautiful and powerful violin was made by James Reynold Carlisle, whose reputation as one of America’s finest makers is well deserved. Carlisle spent years experimenting with varnish and came up with his own solution which soon became known as his “Sunshine” varnish. Carlisle had an illustrious career. He trained Rembert Wurlitzer and made violins for Henry Ford, an avid collector of violins. Ford was so pleased with his purchases that he once sent Carlisle an entire boxcar full of wood. The handwritten label reads, “James Carlisle, No 1236-B, Amelia Ohio and bears his thumbprint on the label. The date is hard to read due to one number partially overlapping the thumbprint. It says “Jan. 19 (2?) 7.