Born in Küstrin, Austria in 1880, Franke studied with Otto Jaeger in Frankfurt from 1894 to 1898 before joining Heinrich Kessler in Mannheim, then Richard Heberlein in Nuremberg. In 1900 he was assistant to Albin Wilfer in Leipzig, and in 1921 he opened his own shop there. The shop passed to his son Joachim in 1956, before his death in 1965.
Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday will offer an initial evaluation of the authenticity and value of your instrument or bow. At this stage, the assessment is free and without obligation. In the first instance, we suggest submitting good-quality images to us, preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the valuation form.Read more