The New International Encyclopædia/Friedrich, John

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FRIEDRICH, John (1858—). An American violin-maker, born at Cassel, Germany. He was a pupil of Oswald Möckel, a prominent German violin-maker and repairer, came to the United States in 1883, and in a short time ranked among the American leaders in his profession. In addition to violins he has made also bows, violas, and violoncellos of high quality. He received the highest award bestowed for violins, violas, and violoncellos at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. He has also become known among collectors as an expert in the identification and valuation of rare instruments. Four of the choicest specimens of his violins are in the possession of Dr. Frank Waldo, of Cambridge, Mass.