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  1. The bottom rib appears to be one piece. (Or maybe the split is covered with varnish.) If it is one piece, would it be original or a replacement?
  2. One of features that puzzled me was the the corner purfling - and the type of purfling, which is not like the normal "usual" purfling that we commonly see. So by the 1920s the Markneukirchen makers were imitating the French style?
  3. I am not an expert, so I am just commenting to see if we can get someones attention. To my untrained eyes It has a French look to it. Maybe a Mirecourt trade violin. But usually the scroll eyes are flat on those, and this one is rounded. Lets hope someone sees it and tells you for sure what it is.
  4. Before I read your description I thought I was looking at a 19th century Saxon violin of some sort. But then I saw the purfling. What's it made from? String? It will be interesting to hear what the experts say about your violin.
  5. Yes,I should have noticed the rib ends,rookie error on my part.
  6. I tend to think of the "sunburst" effect as being spray finished,so does this point to this violin being an early 20th century Mk/Sch? or could the same effect be hand applied?
  7. I would be grateful if you could give some pointers as to what led you to this conclusion. From the pictures provided I cannot see with any degree of confidence any of the features normally associated with the "usual". No blackened pegbox, delta not visible, purfling barely visible, split bottom rib not visible, etc. So we are left with varnish, arching, f-holes, back. Is it just a case of "gut feeling"? or is it you have seen so many you just know?
  8. In 2006 @Jeffrey Holmes thought it was "wine paper" that was used, whether he has changed his opinion since then would be interesting to find out.
  9. Violins with paper purfling are rare, and I guess you already know on which violins it is found. Have you taken your violin to an expert appraiser?
  10. Parchment was made from prepared animal skins, and I would have thought thicker than the OP violin. There is a modern vegetable based equivalent made from pulp, do you mean that?
  11. Any indications as to what the purfling is made from, and is spilling out at various places? Is it Baleen, or some sort of paste that has been used to fill the channel?
  12. I am surprised at the French attribution, I would have gone for the "usual". Any clues as to what makes it French that you wish to share? I see that the top is pinned, is this common on French violins or just the cheaper ones?
  13. I have no idea if it is Dutch or not, but a side view would be of help to the experts here. Any idea what the purfling is made from? And are the ribs set in a channel on the back? Whatever it is, the choice of wood is interesting.
  14. I am not an expert, but your violin seems to me to be “autodidact” (amateur made),which would explain its eccentric features. “Ribs in the back”, is a term that is used to describe a method of making in which a slot was made in the back all round to accommodate the ribs which were then slotted into them.
  15. To say "its not the usual" is red rag to a bull on this forum Anyway, it could be an optical illusion, but are the ribs set in a groove on the back?
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