I have recently purchased a violin from a seller with good ratings, it looks very nice, however I would like to take the extra-step and confirm its "authenticity" and perhaps learn some extra information about it, so I give some information to you. Here we have a violin said to be from the 1860s, it has a lion's head scroll, and an engraved pattern on the back. It has been professionally restored and cleaned and from the looks of it (wood grain, and only one fine tuner) it appears to be an advanced violin, the fingerboard and neck are original and thus have not been cut (hence the absence of the graft line). I have also been informed that the chinrest has been added, as it originally did not have one. That is all I know for the moment, it also has no label, and I have looked in the f-hole and found no evidence of it ever having a label. Here are the pictures (let me know if you might need a picture of a certain region). One more thing, I have added a sound sample for further evaluation (this is not me playing it, as I do not know many pieces, and do not have many prepared).
Regarding the sound sample: it is not much of one at all, in person, the violin does not sound this scratchy.
P.S. About how old is it If it is not from 1860's?
Beautiful Antique German 19th Century Lion Head 44 Violin With Inlayed Patterns.mp4