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  1. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    The purfling is not drawn I don't think Are you sure ? Reg - (theOP) is not sure and he has the violin in his hand. He said ...................... "The purfling is not drawn I don't think "
  2. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    Are we looking at the yellow ground of a violin that was once covered in a maroon\reddy coloured varnish ? The back of the scroll still has that varnish and there are remnants left all over the body.
  3. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    Ah, yes, I should have noticed that. I thought it was ebony covered in rosin dust. So the fruitwood fingerboard points to a low grade instrument.
  4. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    Could it be real wear and tear rather than having been "antiqued" when it was made ? This is a very well used instrument that could have just been badly treated during its lifetime. It may never have been cleaned and the rosin just left to bake on. Just have a look at the fingerboard to see the evidence.
  5. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    The varnish to the scroll and body seems to match and to my eyes appears to be original .
  6. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    Could this violin be a post 1900 yellow JTL Medio-Fino ?
  7. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    Ok. How about nearer to home ? English ? One piece top - scribed purfling .
  8. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    Never thought of that Or maybe the carver wanted the scroll eyes to slope down for artistic effect. Or maybe they just ran out of candles and matches.
  9. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    Agreed. But are they usually this asymmetrical ? It could just be that the violin is not upright and my eyes have deceived me. But if not, do you normally associate such asymmetry in a late 19th century Schonbach violin ? Does it not make it more likely to be early 19th century ?
  10. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    Hi reg, you missed out that the scroll is wonky and very asymmetric.. Maybe caused by unseasoned wood or soaking in water before carving ?
  11. Delabo

    Violin ID please

    The purfling looks scribed or inked. The scroll is roughly carved (complete with woodworm hole). The yellow varnish. The f-holes. Could it be a "cheapjack* of Milan violin beginning with "T" ? I suspect you will say "nein", more like a Schonbach copy or something.
  12. I have been attending auctions in the UK all my life, and when I was an antique dealer up to three times a week. I wish I had ten pounds for every time I have heard the auctioneers openeing preamble - - "CAVEAT EMPTOR" - - (buyer beware). A good auctioneer will then go on to explain that all items are sold as seen and personal viewing and inspection is absoloutely vital as items bid on are generally non - refundable. This of course does not preclude a good auctioneer from agreeing to not push his right to make your pay for an item you have bid on if there are good reasons for the buyer to reject it. But once you have inspected and paid for the item and left the building then it is rare that you will have recourse to a refund.
  13. That sounds like a reasonable assumption. The marks left could also be used to position the ribs.
  14. The method I have suggested is not hypothetical, I have a saxon violin circa 1800 which shows clear evidence of being constructed in that manner. I have checked it for clumsy file marks and they are absent. But having determined that your violin is either inside or outside mold it now has to be explained why an experienced luthier would mark his pristine violin in such a manner ? The idea that its for rib positioning does not hold water for me. Marking a new violin in such a way and then not erasing the marks before applying varnish seems non professional. As this is a quiz It starts to point to your violin being autodidact made.
  15. If it was a cottage industry violin then its quite possible that a child was given this job to do just this one time and dad never let him do another one. If it was a Mirecourt factory violin then the poor lad got the sack.