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Jeny Mahon

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  1. Thank you! I haven't seen this before, so once again I learned something new from a random fiddle ID post.
  2. It's up to $1,981 with 40 minutes to go. I see the usual big spender is the high bidder. I'm guessing.... $3,402! I know it doesn't matter; this is just for entertainment purposes
  3. I've seen this exact fake label with that wonky "handwritten" 1858 date before. Spoiler alert: NOT A ROCCA. I could ask why, but I suppose it's self-explanatory. ....but really? NO photos of the back or scroll? $801 with 2 days to go? Just wow. Welp, y'all have fun with alllllll that Once again, I imagine we will see this one listed again. https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/130142339
  4. I think with this particular listing, somebody probably received it and realized it wasn't an MA so they returned it and it was re-listed. I've noticed that SGW usually says no returns but I think the policy is inconsistently applied depending on location. I've returned things before (I usually buy antique jewelry) and they didn't quibble a bit, I just had to pay a small "re-stocking fee" and they refunded the rest. They even sent me a return label. I imagine with items that go for a few thousand they're OK with it being returned because the person who lost out will try to snap it up as soon as it's listed again, which will drive the price up again.
  5. This happens a lot, we'll probably see it at least one more time.
  6. Seems I underestimated by quite a bit. At this point, all I can tell you is that the final price will most likely end in 1 or 2 We'll probably see it turn up on SGW again.
  7. I looked at that. Whoever put that MA label in forgot to add a number and a date. It's at $1,702 with 2 hours to go. My prediction is $2,302. I've come to recognize the bidder's handles and there's two bidding that will drive this to ridiculousness... as usual.
  8. Don't know if this will help but here's the Amati model from the EHR Master Violins catalog.
  9. I would love a tutorial on how to import those emojis
  10. Frankenfiddle? To me the purfling on top and back doesn't look the same. Is the scroll a replacement?
  11. Yeah I knew I phrased it wrong. I should have asked, what are these? So they're fillings? I've seen repaired worm holes filled but these seem big for that. Just wondering, in case I come across them again, I don't know if they are a part of the original construction or something else.
  12. I haven't seen this kind of repair before; pins?
  13. Nice, thank you! And yeah, that was me... no comments so I didn't think anybody saw it Some day I will find those photos and the paper.
  14. I had an Asa White fiddle years ago, which we strongly suspected was of German origin, varnished and labeled by Mr. White. I humbly submit that this is not a White. https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/109411588_1856-ira-j-white-boston-44-violin My guess is it's also a German violin that somebody stuck a fake label in (the date looks like it was written last week) and the varnish is probably original from when it was made, maybe Markneukirchen pre 1920? Anyway, I wanted to post it for educational purposes to see if I am right about any of my guesses I know there are real White violins out there and I'd love to find one some day, so I'm always looking when they pop up.
  15. https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5622555 SCHOOL OF ANTONIO STRADIVARI A VIOLIN, PROBABLY ITALY, CIRCA 1770 Price realised USD 37,500 Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000 Closed: 26 Nov 2012 SCHOOL OF ANTONIO STRADIVARI A VIOLIN, PROBABLY ITALY, CIRCA 1770 Labeled Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1700, length of back: 13 15/16 in. (354 mm) with case (3) Lot Essay Certificate: Albert Hamma, Munich, September 9, 1933 (copy); J. Stern, New York, September 24, 1942 Dendrochronology: John Topham, Redhill, UK, March 3, 2012. The tree-ring analysis report dates the youngest growth rings on the bass side of the top to the year 1752 and the treble side to 1766. Condition Report Top Treble: There is a repaired crack extending from the lower lobe of the treble f-hole down to the bottom edge. There are two repaired cracks extending 2 cm and 3 cm up from the saddle on the treble side as well as a repaired wing crack. Top Bass: There is a repaired crack extending 6 cm down from the upper bass edge near the neck block. There is a repaired crack running from the lower bass edge to just below the lower corner and a repaired crack extending 8 cm up from the saddle on the bass side. Back: There is a repaired crack running from the lower treble edge to the treble C-bout and two repaired crack extending off the crack to the center seam. There is a repaired crack running from the from the center seam to the lower bout on the bass side just below the corner and a repaired crack running 5 cm parallel to the center seam on the bass side. Sides: There is a repaired crack extending from the back to the table on the upper bass bout near the neck block. There are two repaired cracks, extending 5 cm and 2 cm, through the upper treble rib and a 5 cm long repaired crack running through the treble C-bout. Scroll: The neck has been grafted and the pegholes bushed. Diagram is available on request. The instrument is setup and in playing condition
  16. Now it shows just the one bid. Maybe somebody was reading this and withdrew their bid! I've bid on things in the past that I didn't win, only to have the auction house offer it to me after the auction ended because the winner backed out for some reason.
  17. Thanks everybody as always! It's in good shape aside from the varnish, so I'll probably find a home for it, if only to give to a friend I promised a fiddle to awhile back.
  18. Yes! I was immediately suspicious of the varnish. Most of these aren't that color. It's not bad though, I've seen much worse revarnishing jobs And the scroll has shading that the rest doesn't, so I almost wonder if it belongs... but that tiny button, I don't know. It's weird.
  19. No label or any sign that one was ever in there. The inside is so clean, maybe somebody re-graduated it but I can't really tell. I don't have the tools to take the chinrest off so I don't mess with it. I leave that for my friend when I drag it into his shop
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