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    German bow with a collar?

    Some more photos of the bow - plays incredibly well. Roman numerals are on the stick but not the usual thinly scratched ones.
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    German bow with a collar?

    Thanks Jacob I will do that in future before reaching for pliers! Apparently Coke is also what triathletes drink after swimming in the Thames to kill off anything they may have inadvertently swallowed...versatile stuff...
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    German bow with a collar?

    Great thanks duane88 - that explains the "aesthetics" of the bow. There is indeed a small crack I can see.
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    German bow with a collar?

    Is a collar at the end of the stick all that common? Not the most attractive look and seems carefully secured with a pin. I assume with is a German bow given the metal framing around the MOP slide. Interested to hear your thoughts and whether it points to any particular maker? The frog underslide is pinned and has Roman numerals but I can't see any on the stick unless it is under the thumb grip. Seems bit different from what I have seen before. Shots taken in evening light so will reshoot tomorrow if necessary. Also interested in tips for unfreezing adjusters - I used pliers over a cloth to hold it but distorted the adjuster rings slightly with my grip.. Any tips or devices for the future would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
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    Violin bow - I/D

    I have looked at the bow and it measures 73 cms with the octagonal stopping after 12cms (just the stick no nipple included). Weighs 61 grams. Will post more photos later.
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    Violin bow - I/D

    Thanks Blank face and ClefLover. I am away for a few days but will post some better lit photos and info re the octagonal section when I am back. The snakewood is I think genuine as opposed to painted but I will try to catch that in a photo if possible.
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    Violin bow - I/D

    Interested to hear thoughts on this bow. It is snakewood and I assume German given the III marking but the ferrule is slightly shaped and elongated to the edges (narrower width on the top of the D compared to the ends)...not too sure if the adjuster is a later addition.
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    Violin I/D

    Here is a daylight photo of the label. Some care has been taken at some point to preserve it given the cleat. If any particular photos would help the id please let me know. Thanks to everyone for their feedback.
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    Violin I/D

    Thanks very much Blank face. Here are some endoscope shots of the label but they are not great. Looks definitely printed to me as but it is hard to make out if there is any impression with the endoscope. I will try to see it in daylight in case that will help highlight anything.
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    Violin I/D

    Thanks Blank Face. I have just posted some more photos. Yes it certainly looks like it has had numerous repairs/renewals. Seems to be a maker I cannot find much to compare this violin to photographically.
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    Violin I/D

    A few more photos - the label plus some shots under a led desk light. I'd appreciate your thoughts as to what this violin if copying a style is actually copying? Why put this label in it? Jacob would violin makers of the 18th century ever use different labels for workshop repairs? I'm intrigued by this violin - even if it is nothing special but plays amazingly it is fascinating to learn about and really appreciate everyone's input Delalbo, Peter, Jeff & Jacob.
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    Violin I/D

    The length of back measures just shy of 14 3/8 inches. It has a label Georg Christoph Meinel but is is not in the format listed in the books I have as it says Violin-macher - I will add a photo later. Cleats have been put over the Meinel label which may also be over the remnants of another label and is central to the violin back as opposed to through the f hole. If there are any further photos either externally or internally that would help please let me know. It has a great tone even with cobbled together pegs/bridge.
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    Violin I/D

    Interested to know more about this weathered violin - initially I thought it was antiqued but it sounds pretty good and old even though it is in a state with no good setup. I assume it is nothing special (as is my usual luck ) and early German/Saxon but it has a slightly different quality to it. The f hole cut outs seem to have as elongated aspect to them intentionally.
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    Violin I/d?

    Thanks very much for all the input and Bf you've been bang on target in the past and you are right in your comparison they do seem similar. Thank you all.
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    Violin I/d?

    Thanks Bf that's all good for me. So I can understand more about identification are there any telling features or is it more a case of familiarity through experience. Thanks again and much appreciated.