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A appropriate agreeable allowance presented to a Kirkcaldy war hero in 1915 has fabricated a arresting adventure home – over a aeon afterwards afterwards actuality anesthetized on to the Lang Toun’s alone able violin-maker.
David Rattray had no abstraction how important the violin was back it was accustomed to him.
He alone knew that the apparatus had originally been fabricated in Kirkcaldy.
However, afterwards accomplishing some research, Mr Rattray was afraid to ascertain that the violin absolutely belonged to bounded hero, Private Robert Dunsire VC, who had been able the apparatus afterwards accident his own admired dabble in the trenches during action in the Great War.
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He was presented with the appropriate gift, created by Peter Berry in 1915, by his music abecedary back Private Dunsire alternate home to Kirkcaldy.
Mr Rattray, who lives in the town’s Balwearie Gardens, told The Press the arresting story.
He said: “Peter was a violin-maker, although bottom accepted than some of the added able artisans during the mid 19th and aboriginal 20th centuries.
“Born in 1879, he was the youngest of bristles sons to Richard and Margaret Berry.
“He apprenticed as a joiner, afterwards managing his own business at Park Road, Sinclairtown, Kirkcaldy. His home was at adjacent Rosabelle Street.
“Berry produced alone a few of violins – the archetype of 1915 actuality of accurate absorption mainly due to its provenance.
“It was Berry who abundantly took it aloft himself to accord the apparatus to Dunsire forth with a case and bow.”
Mr Rattray said afore Private Dunsire was presented with the violin, it had been inspected by addition Fife worthy, a Mr Honeyman of Newport, who ‘highly praised’ its workmanship.
Mr Rattray continued: “Indeed the ignment is competent absolute a duke accustomed with accomplished woodcarving, this is best credible with the art nouveau styled scroll.
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“The apic red-brown coloured adorn best apparently a home brewed oil recipe.
“The maker’s name is absurd to miss, actuality proudly engraved beneath the button.
“Peter Berry died in January 1939, but his violin survived the wars and a few years ago, it somehow begin its way to a Dundee aged boutique area it was purchased by admired violinist Tony Moffat. Through him, it afresh anesthetized into my hands.”
He said Mr Moffat had contacted him about it.
“I was absorbed in it because he said it was Kirkcaldy-made.
“But back I did some research, I begin out who it had been fabricated for. I am planning to restore it as it can’t be played at the moment because the close has dropped.
“But I am planning to accord it to Fife Museums so bodies can see it on display.”
He added: “A little bit of Kirkcaldy’s history has been saved.”