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  1. On balance, one of the rare violins we see here which may well turn out to be mid-18th century Italian. Worth investigating further in my opinion.
  2. I am wondering whether the front is adapted from a different fiddle? There seems to be an awful lot of new edging and the thing is half-edged, which is of course not evidence of an adapted front, but also see asymmetry on C bouts (on the front), which maybe you shouldn't get from something made on an outside mould. Or maybe it's to do with the poor work of re-edging. I have seen others with similar excessively recessed rib mitres for the size of the corner. I can't imagine a front corner/purfling mitre would survive long in these unsupportable situation. I still think the scroll looks Mittenwald, despite the fluting which may not reach quite the end as it should.
  3. The scroll looks like Mittenwald mid-19th century, and I suspect doesn't belong to the rest. Body interesting, but the fake marks on the C bout ribs are really not good, and I the soundholes don't quite work for me.
  4. Andreas Trees at higher altitude have much more reliable response, but some trees growing lower down, relate well to those from the same area at higher altitude. Dating ring-series of less than 50 rings is in my opinion extremely risky. I don't do i, and only occasionally on ring counts of around 60 when results are overwhelming. The higher the number of rings, the more information is available and also further analytical processes become available.
  5. Agree, it looks like pressed Mirecourt fiddle early-ish 20th century
  6. Ratcliffiddles

    Bow ID

    Unless Jacob sneaked into my workshop last night without me noticing, it's a different bow... but yes, exactly the same engraving, and there are plenty others!
  7. Ratcliffiddles

    Bow ID

    I have seen this engraving on several bows, likely Markneukirchen 1920s or later. In fact I have one with the very same engraving, but mine has the button the right way round
  8. Agree with Jacob, Mitenwald violin, but from the mid-to-late 19th century
  9. Bill, You would have to supply me with 2 such trees, and I would be able to tell you. Relative altitude of both trees would play a big part in the level of relationship. The more elevated and commensurate the tree-growth, the higher the relationship is likely to be, and the lesser the influence of factors other than temperature would come into force. If your trees are at low altitude or plain, most immediate environmental, climatic and pedological factors are likely to influence tree growth and I suspect the ring-to-ring width variations would have little in common in those 2 trees. I think it would be very difficult to date the wood of such trees against reliable regional references, which tend to be sampled at higher altitude, where the signal is much more uniform and dependable.
  10. It's clear to me that the top and bottom block have been altered, the remnants of glue on the inside front don't seem to mirror those of the current block shape
  11. I think this is absolutely French, one of the "Caussin" type 1870s, maybe a little earlier.
  12. May we see the full pictures of your Craske Reg? and scroll
  13. Can't see much evidence of re-varnishing. I am thinking early 19th century rather than 18th.