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  1. Show me where the OP explicitly asked us to identify anything. They asked us for our opinions on provenance, so I gave them mine, for both definitions. If you say it's a Markie, that's good enough for me.
  2. See above. IMHO, it looks somewhat older than the international heyday of catalog trade instruments, and doesn't tick all the boxes, so I'm not so fast to pigeonhole it. I'm hoping that we'll have more opinions posted, maybe more photos, an answer to my question from the OP, and maybe even a link.
  3. My opinion on provenance is that it's grossly overrated compared to sound. IMHO, the provenance of the violin that you posted photos of is most probably neither "the usual" Saxon, nor a typical Mirecourt, trade fiddle (someone will likely disagree, of course, and neither the front nor the back of the head is shown), but I'm not sure at all beyond that point. What is the seller claiming it is? It's easier to rule things out.
  4. Don't forget "Property of a Gentleman [or Lady]", which, being familiar with the British tabloids, makes me wonder if I should decontaminate it before lifting it to my shoulder.
  5. Here in the USA, for whatever reason, in the 1960's and 70's, iron cross pendants were considered cool by (mostly teenaged) surfers and motorcyclists (or wannabe surfers and motorcyclists ). I feel that some kid did this, probably in that time frame, trying to "improve" the violin. @Andersen, the carving has absolutely nothing to do with the origins of the violin. BTW, if you don;t actually have the violin, please give us the link to the offering that you are looking at. Nobody here is going to swoop in and bid it out from under you.
  6. Welcome to MN!! It could mean that a novice woodcarver was bored, and thought that iron cross looked cool. What does the rest of it look like, and how does it sound? https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/333119-how-to-photograph-an-instrument-for-identifcation-purposes/
  7. When they don't specify where they are. I default to US vendors, which I have the most experience with. Some European manufacturers, like Warchal, sell worldwide to individuals, and might be an alternative.
  8. There are a number of reliable online sources which have their own websites, and a few sell via eBay as well. Shar has already been mentioned, and there are several other US based brick-and-mortar violin shops (not "music stores") one can buy from.
  9. Thank you immensely for posting this.
  10. I feel that you meant "tactful". Dealing with customers "tactically" would more resemble Jacob's usual demeanor when approached with a VSO or trade fiddle around here.
  11. What an unusual back, and what shiny varnish.
  12. IMHO, a post WW II student violin, made by Saxon refugees, probably in Bubenreuth,
  13. IMHO, a less than usual example.
  14. When possible, but I sometimes have to set it up first.
  15. School of Simon? Well, a nickel mounted ironwood round stick is simple, therefore.............
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