The Zimermann five Stars of David violin, Warsaw 1920's.
Yaacov Zimermann worked in Warsaw and had many clients Jews and Christians. He was known to support young violinists such as Michel Swalbe (see former violin) and Ida Haendle, the child prodigy who turned a world known virtuoso.
This hand-made violin is outstanding because it is unusually decorated by five Stars of David, four on the upper deck and one on the back. The decorations were made with glue mixed with black powder, usually made to order.
The violin was found in very bad condition. The varnish was almost non-existent and it gave the impression of having been played most of the time in open air, rain and shine. It was repaired meticulously for a year and a half and now serves as a concert instrument.