The "Fleur de Lis" Replica Vuillaume Carved Pegs
With its iconic depiction of a lily blooming from the base of the peg-face and the inward curling lips pronouncing its frame, the “Fleur de Lis” peg is one of the most iconic Napoleonic fittings in the musical world. Adorned on Andrea Amati’s 1560 “ex Kurtz” violin, Guarneri 'del Gesù’s 1741 “Vieuxtemps” violin, and many others, the “Fleur de Lis” design is often crafted on light-colored woods, although there are also a few instances where the peg was carved on darker wood.
While there is some debate as to whether this exact peg model was designed by esteemed 17th century Parisian luthier Jean-Baptise Vuillaume, Fleur de Lis imagery is found across the artistic landscape dating as far back as the 12th century. Prominently featured on the Coat of Arms for the King of France since 1376, the iconography has also been associated with a broad range of subjects, spanning from the House of Medici to the city of Florence to the New Orleans Saints football team.
Through our careful analysis of the historical hand-carved models, over a half century of master lutherie experience and the aid of modern CNC technology, we at Hellweg & Cloutier are pleased to offer a replica of the “Fleur de Lis” peg that is sure to amaze as it enhances the presentation of any instrument.
The “Fleur de Lis” peg is available upon request in Mountain Mahogany, Ebony, Boxwood, Live Oak, and more.