martin swan

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  1. Not to me - it looks bog standard. Brands, labels, serial numbers, these are all a lot easier to fake than a style of making. Having said all that, this bow is kind of intriguing. If it is a fake Bultitude it certainly wouldn't be the only one out there.
  2. It wouldn't be stamped with a serial number until it was completed.
  3. George H, shame on you - don't you know there is a specific, strict direct warning about this? Everyone knows that Jesus spoke English. Don't be surprised of you get a "visit" from one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse ...
  4. There's also the little issue of translation ... I would argue against taking any text too literally, whether it's scripture or a violin label.
  5. I agree with Jacob - looks like an 1880s/1890s JTL to me ...
  6. I'm not aware of Vitelli or Vitello as a trade name, and it certainly doesn't appear in any lists of Italian makers. Given that there are around 1000 Italian labels for every authentic Italian violin, it seems highly unlikely that the OP's financial issues are going to be resolved by the acquisition of this violin. It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a person to acquire an Italian violin at a bargain price ...
  7. Well, it sold at a speculative auction for maybe 4 figures? I wonder how much it sold for before it ended up in auction. Any industrial workshop could produce something like this for a couple of hundred. If they sold it as their own work they would maybe double up if they were lucky. There are really great Brazilian workshops producing super-sharp pernambuco bows with a wholesale cost of $2-300.
  8. Don't mean to be rude, but if it was that clumsy you wouldn't have bought it ...
  9. Everything about a Bultitude is "just so" - he was an incredibly precise worker and he didn't make that mortise. Bow makers use templates and always use the same tools for the same jobs, and the mortises always look the same. Where I am at with this bow is ... 1. I don't believe the button is Bultitude, since the first ring of the button is always short, generally the second cut of the collar is very pronounced, and the buttons tend to be marginally fuller than the sticks. 2. The brand is curiously wonky for Bultitude, who was pretty obsessive about such things .... 3. The rose motif is out of alignment and is a bit scrappy compared to what you'd expect - I haven't seen one with so little detail in the centre 4. The chamfers are sloppy 5. The head is weak, and even allowing for the missing bit of the nose I don't see that there's room behind the silver face to make a nice Bultitude point So on balance I would say at the very least it's a funky composite, at worst it's a copy/fake ...
  10. I agree that this isn't very important. I think it would be more helpful to discuss the entire bow rather than just one small area, otherwise we are in danger of discussing how many angels there are on the head of a pin.
  11. You can get it for £5 less on his website :
  12. The principal point about the mortise on Philip's bow is that it's too short. If someone had whittled out the end with a gouge or a knife it would be longer than normal, not shorter.
  13. I don't quite think the bow is authentic - there were other details that were off, the adjuster, the size and orientation of the "tudor rose" - but I'm really not sure and I would recommend you post the other photos here. It wouldn't have a Hill marking on the faceplate since Bultitude only used the rose frog decoration after he left Hills. I can't see how the skanky routered mortise can be the result of a repair unless there is new wood between the serial number and the "England" stamp, and I don't see any. Besides, if someone was clever enough to insert new wood almost invisibly, would they be cack-handed enough to make such an execrable mortise?
  14. On Philip's bow the A of ENGLAND takes up more room. However, I don't think this is terribly important as these stamps are quite varied, The important thing is the size and shape of the mortise and the way it's made. The only way Philip's bow could be genuine is if there's a piece in the bottom facet with a new mortise ...
  15. That Vuillaume presented copies of fine Cremonese violins at the Paris exhibition of 1827 is well-known, but what does it have to do with your violin?
  16. Yours has a rather short mortise that seems to have been formed with a router, and the "serial number" should indicate the year of manufacture. I would want to see the rest of the bow before thinking that it might be a Bultitude ...
  17. I'm also not understanding what you're asking. If you look carefully at the label in your violin and the label no. 3 from your original post you will see that they are not the same. Your label is an apocryphal label, a loose copy of the Vuillaume label but with different typesetting and punctuation. I don't see how a discussion of genuine Vuillaume labels and genuine Vuillaume violins/fiddles is in any way relevant.
  18. Agree - bears no relation to ay kind of Vuillaume. Labels are really the last thing to look at in any violin.
  19. I think you should also bear in mind that over 99% of the violins with Vuillaume labels aren't "copies" of Vuillaumes, but simply violins with a spurious Vuillaume label. There are some Laberte instruments that could be conceived as being made in the style/manner of Vuillaume, but these are few and far between, and they aren't really copies either - more they incorporate a certain approach to varnish/antique-ing.
  20. If you've gone to all that effort of tooling a brand or two and formatting a fake label, might as well make good use of it ...
  21. I would send it back and report the seller to Ebay for fraud - it was described as Italian, no two ways about it ...
  22. Yes, one of several IDs - a serial re-labeller and brander. Or more likely a safe outlet for someone else's dirty work, since that's how the French underground trade tends to operate. The original violin looks like it could be something from the Apparut workshop/stable but it's been truly buggered about. Nothing to do with Corsini or any Italian maker. Sadly this violin would be worth more without all the stupid add-ons.