Violin by James Briggs, Glasgow, 1908


James William Born (1855 - 1935) as born in Glasgow. Pupil of Tarr in Manchester from 1869, he was established in Wakefield from 1878. Briggs won gold medal at Leeds exhibition 1890, then diplomas at Paris and Vienna, before moving to Glasgow in 1893. Very fine maker and distinguished connoisseur, unique in being elected to the Violin Maker’s Association of Germany. Employed Philip Schreiber as assistant for over fifty years. Many fine copies of classical instruments with richly-hued varnish of good texture.