Miniature Violins and Case by Excelsior of Dresden Germany
Our quartet of miniature violins in its original presentation case was made by Excelsior of Germany for the M.L. Hammer company of Sacramento, California, circa 1880s. Case measures 9 by 13 by 3.25 inches and the violins measures between 5.5 and 11 inches long. Included is a medallion to M.L. Hammer for "Best display of MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CALIFORNIA Mfs 1886", "AWARDED BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY".
The Excelsior brand was created by the Dresden violin maker, Alfred Moritz. The workshop's products were apparently imported to the U.S., regraduated and marketed by August Gemunder and Sons of New York City.
M.L. Hammer operated a wholesale and retail musical instruments business at 830 J Street in Sacramento in the 1870s and 1880s.