Ole H. Bryant
Ole H. Bryant (1873-1943) was the most successful violinmaker of the Bryant family of New England. He learned the trade from his father Charles in New Hampshire and produced his first violin at age 12. Employed as a repairman by Elias Howe in Boston from 1889-1910, Bryant opened his own shop on Huntington Avenue in 1910. Located just across the street from Symphony Hall, Bryant served as the principal luthier for the Boston Symphony. He had a healthy output of instruments, primarily violins, and also took a number of violinmaking students.
This violin from 1922 is patterned on a Guarneri “del Gesù” model and features a warm, robust sound to match. It has been preserved in nearly mint condition.