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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.............
  16. It's not curious at all, and around here, we've seen it all at one time or another. Shameless misrepresentation is amazingly common on eBay, and not just for violins. If you don't have the expertise to know good from bad, and cannot do your own repairs, you need to shop violins somewhere safer. It's not like buying common consumer goods, or books, or such there I've gotten some very good deals from eBay, other auctions, antique shops, and estate sales, but getting there took me a very long time, and a lot of work.
  17. Not my claim at all, but better than most is good enough for me.
  18. Oh, my! A (probably) genuine Nagyvarius, labeled as such: https://t2-auctions.com/auctions/lot/?csid=2199732224&cpid=3484663808&filter_key=
  19. Nah, thanks, but that would be a step down for me.
  20. Welcome to Maestronet! Yup, that's a circa 1900 Markneukirchen trade fiddle in all its glory. The soundpost position looks much too far forward, so I wonder how it would play if the soundpost was where they normally belong.
  21. Is that a British version of "There's a sucker born every minute"? The southern French violin scammers have been well-known and thoroughly documented on this board for at least a decade, and yet they still seem to flourish.
  22. The provenance and the Lot Essay make it plain that the often cited (as I did earlier) 1734 sale by Stradivari to Samuel Hellier is apocryphal, as the "Hellier" was most probably one of the two Cremonese violins bequeathed by John Hellier to his nephew Samuel in 1719. That means that the violin wasn't retained by Stradivari for 55 years. As I've observed before, once an error gets into the secondary literature, it tends to pollute scholarship forever.
  23. That's the current toned-down contraction of "the usual rubbish". He used to be much more emphatic about it.
  24. But what if you try to give it back and they just laugh and say, "Oh, no, you keep it. We already sent photos to a site called Maestronet, and an Austrian expert named Jacob told us it was rubbish."
  25. I simply cannot empathize with that. OTOH, scrounging an undiscovered one at an estate sale for $50 would impress me immensely.
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