Asa White violin no. 197, Boston 1877
American luthier Asa Warren White was born in Barre, Massachusetts in 1826 and died in Boston in 1893. He worked for instrument dealer and publisher Henry H. Prentiss on Court Street in Boston before partnering with his brother Ira J. White, another prominent violin maker, in 1849. He made over 400 violins, several violas and cellos, as well as violas da gamba and violas d'amore. An expert copyist, White received a gold medal and several silver medals for violins entered into the Massachusetts Mechanics Fairs in the 1870s and 1880s, where judges confused his violins with old Cremonese instruments. In 1888, White moved to Chicago, where he made a number of violins bearing labels with that city's name. He then returned to Boston, where he worked until the end of his life.