Can anything be said about this head? The fluting goes way up into the throat (nearly 9 o'clock). A luthier told me it was German and fine. Maybe a date? It's stuck on an English 1880's violin. Thanks so much folks!
F holes, spot the difference Also, it's not unthinkable that a job like this could be done without taking the top off. A real amateur may have worked that way. There isn't the slightest attempt of even fake purfling.