El Duce

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    Violin Bow I/D help please

    I was surprised how well finished the pins seemed on the frog as they were not as obvious to the eye. The adjuster has a slight ring around it whilst normally I had seen a more U shaped scoop and the frog seems to sit nicely on the stick and the ebony seems good. The wood though is a bit light coloured and I can now see better what Blank face kindly highlighted regarding the head. Thanks again everyone for your views.
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    Violin Bow I/D help please

    Thanks everyone for your feedback..got that totally wrong then! Appreciate your help.
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    Violin Bow I/D help please

    More photos..
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    Violin Bow I/D help please

    Mother of pearl... I am going to take some "cleaner" photos now
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    Violin Bow I/D help please

    Be interested to hear thoughts on this bow - I'm in the process of cleaning it up hence the clean adjuster! Seems very carefully made and quite a bit better in quality than usually the case...
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    Violin I/D help please

    Thanks very much for the link Jacob...whatever it is it has been butchered in the past as there is a rough unshaped piece of wood running along the back seam internally stopping approx 5mm short of the block which the sound post fits on! ... If there are any further photos that would be of use please let me know.
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    Violin I/D help please

    Thanks very much Blank face and Jacob. More photos...also it is a 1 piece front plate. Interested to know more about Salzkammergut violins - has there been a good thread historically here or a good resource?
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    Violin I/D help please

    Bit more info...Some dimensions - the rib height is approx 28/29 mm. LOB is 14 inches or maybe 35.7 cms. Upper bout 16.4 poss 16.5 cms. Lower bouts 20.3 cms. I have just noticed that the ribs mortice into the back. The corners on the front seem very flat with no scoop at all. seems to have a rather worrying reinforcement of the back seam internally with some rough wood laid along it! Do the rib heights and these nicks in the back still point to Salzkammergut? I'm asking out of curiosity/learning rather than querying the eminent Mr Saunders whose posts are always very enlightening.
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    Violin I/D help please

    Great thank you Jacob. Looking at the scroll it has been grafted onto the neck but whether that's original... - photos taken on my phone so not the best! I have to have a good look at the violin properly but it almost feels as if there was never any purfling on it... Is that usual or indicative of the region.
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    Violin I/D help please

    Intrigued with this violin. It certainly looks old and has been through the wars a bit. Looks heavily restored some time back. No purfling or the ink has worn off. The corner blocks are very small and the top block has been replaced in 1909 I think.. I'm confused as to what it could be...English? French? Don't see it as being German. Are the corner blocks indicative of anything? Intriguing...
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    Old Bow I/D English c1800?

    Thank you Blank face that is great to know...in that case time to reach for that WD40..
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    Old Bow I/D English c1800?

    Thanks Blank face another informative piece of work and interesting to see what I had assumed to be wear/damage at the top of the bow head is reflected in one of the photos there. Much appreciated - my archive is growing rapidly! I think there had been a makers stamp on the stick but it is impossible to decipher anything as it is too far gone. Does anyone use these to play or are they of more interest historically? I was surprised it weighed 62g as looking at the stick I thought it would weigh more but it is a short stick...
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    Old Bow I/D English c1800?

    Thanks very much Jacob I'll take a slow approach with the WD40 rather than brute force too early. Fiddlecollector thank you for the photos. Yes it looks just the same and thank you for the link - that is a great price of research to keep hold of along with Jacob's for when I find an English one!
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    Old Bow I/D English c1800?

    Great. Thank you fiddlecollector.
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    Old Bow I/D English c1800?

    Thanks rudall & fiddlecollector. How do you differentiate bone from ivory? Looking at the adjuster it is a circular mark rather than a pin and the adjuster flares out slightly at the end. The "runner" for want of a better expression I suppose points to Germany but some aspects of it seem more considered than I have seen before with little details such as the ends near the button have been tapered off. I'll take some photos in daylight tomorrow if I can. Thanks again.