American luthier Willibald Conrad Stenger was born in 1872 in Roanoke, Illinois and died in 1949 in Interlochen, Michigan. He worked in Topeka, Kansas before moving to Chicago in 1909, where he established an independent workshop. Also a bow maker, Stengers workshop thrived through 1942. His best instruments are labeled W. C. Stenger, such as the violin offered here.
Willibald Conrad Stenger, Chicago 1923 Slightly shaded red brown varnish. 358mm 4/4