martin swan

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  1. Sorry you'll need to do better than that.
  2. How much did it sell for? Crappy "Caussin School" violin with a silly label ...
  3. I think the onus is on you to point to why it's interesting. It has no figure, no sparkle, no strong grain lines, it's bland in colour - so I have no idea what you're seeing.
  4. Pernambuco is nice wood - it generally looks good. There is nothing in any way remarkable about the pernambuco used for this bow.
  5. Early Seidel or equivalent is a very good call! It explains the scroll, the 2x2 pegbox (which we see in Jacob's reference example), the construction method, the massive hemispherical block, the flat edges, and the f-holes.
  6. It's an interesting fiddle - seems to be built on the back. The 2x2 pegholes are something we see in Neapolitan work (not just Gagliano family) but the rest of the scroll doesn't look particularly Neapolitan. Does the scroll/neck actually belong? The f-holes are very nicely cut but the absence of any kind of edgework is a bit unusual. No idea what it could be ...
  7. 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.
  8. It wouldn't be stamped with a serial number until it was completed.
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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.
  11. I agree with Jacob - looks like an 1880s/1890s JTL to me ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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.
  14. Don't mean to be rude, but if it was that clumsy you wouldn't have bought it ...
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. You can get it for £5 less on his website :
  18. Let's see the rest of the bow ...
  19. 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.
  20. 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, w
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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?
  23. 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 ...