Candice

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  1. Well, Darn it all....I thought we we beginning to narrow things down a bit. Lol!! I guess, tomorrow the shop will be open. So I'll get proper photos taken and send them off to Peter Ratcliff.
  2. It could be from anywhere. It bears a strong resemblance to the 18th century Tyrolean violins. It's a bit big. The back length is 14.25". Take a close look at the f holes. The closest match I can find is Urqhart himself. Mr. Hebberd stated that he couldn't completely rule him out.
  3. Mr Ben Hebberd took time from his day yesterday to look at photos of this violin. He suggested many possibilities. He feels there is a greater than 50% chance that it is an old English violin. Possibly 1710-1720ish. I'm thinking my next step is to see what Peter Ratcliff comes up with. Does anyone have any other suggestions on how I should go about identifying this violin. I have to tell you, this violin just feels so special to hold. Any help, is greatly appreciated.
  4. Two luthiers have examined this violin and they both feel confident that it's real.
  5. Forgive me for my impatience. I am very sorry.
  6. The label from Ben Hebbert's page is the major reason we discounted this being an English instrument. I tried sending photos to him, but was unsuccessful, so I posted here, hoping to get lucky. Lol! Also, in one of the photos that I shared, there is writing visible around the Urqhart label. Thankyou to all for your thoughts so far.
  7. How do I get a moderator to approve my post?
  8. I purchased this violin recently in a pawn shop in Dallas. I've had it to 2 luthiers in my home state, for examination, and neither was unable to identify. What is known: It is very very old. It is extremely well made. The repairwork is phenomenal craftsmanship. (See photos of neck). There is peculiar script on the ribs. There is script to the right of and above the urquhart label.