The violin is unlabeled and believed to be made around 1890 or earlier
It is nicely crafted of good materials- the two piece back and ribs are of attractively made flamed maple with a medium curl. The top is of excellent finely grained spruce. The varnish appears to be the original, the varnish of the top seems to be of a softer type and of a different consistency. The back varnish seems more robust. The violin follows the Stradivarius model. The only evident repair made is to a crack from the top end of the treble f-hole down towards the bridge. It has been correctly repaired with two cleats on the inside, the repaired crack however is benign and poses no structural threat to the violin nor does it affect the sound. Other than that, the violin is in a very good condition throughout. The previous three owners scratched their names into the instrument. One on the button and two near the edge of the bass flank on the back. The violin is of unknown original, however an interesting feature is some embellishments carved into the flanks and back of pegbox - beautifully done. Such embellishment is characteristic of the South of Germany. All who have examined the violin feel it is of German origin. The violin was sent to New York for an assessment. It was seen by Christopher Landon and by Gradoux-Matt Rare Violins in New York. It was also assessed by the important authority Peter Prier in Salt Lake City. It is sold with an invoice from Gradoux-Matt Rare Violins LLC stating its origin, age and value. This is a violin of considerable merit and have a good tone. It speaks with ease and clarity throughout the full register. A rich sonorous g-string up to a clear e-string. Well balanced throughout.
Included in the price is a silver mounted carbon fiber bow with ebony frog, bow may need to be rehaired. A brand new chinrest has been fitted-These popular German composite chinrests are non-allergenic. Side-mounted with separate legs. Violin case, Shoulder rest and shipping included
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