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Edit: this violin is actually slightly over 19” long, lob is 11.5ish. So maybe between 1/4 and 1/2. If you would be so kind to study the images posted below and give your comments. What are we looking at here? The seller thought it was an American folk violin. Total Length of this violin is 11-1/2" (494mm). Very small. It has a saddle made of bone that is not pictured. Who might have made this and for what purpose? We discussed these tiny violins on another couple of threads where the strongest ideas about the original purpose of tiny well-made violins was boiled down to: 1. High end Doll accessories, and 2. Curiosities/photography props. Even this instrument would surely be too small to be used because a 1 year old can't typically be trusted with a violin and is too young to really learn. Given that this instrument hasn't been smashed, what's going on here? Is this something a sailor found floating at sea? Was it Tom Thumb's violin? All comments and opinions are encouraged. I'm not claiming this is well made, it looks pretty boorish yet has a charm to it. Any idea about age or origin?