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Hi all, this is my first post. I just wanted to get your thoughts of the authenticity of this violin. Is it a Perry, Wilkinson, or workshop instrument? The violin shows its age both inside and out, and I do believe the label to be authentic, aside from someone trying to scribe ‘17’ over ‘18’. I have read there are German copies of Perry violins. The repair work seems to have been done centuries ago, lending credit to the repair inscription of 1841. Purfling lines are painted on, but I’ve read that is a characteristic of some Perry violins. Also, any general suggestions on repair of the neck would be appreciated as well. Thank you!
Hey all, This violin has now moved through 2 local pawn shops. They claim it's by Thomas Perry. I can't believe that it is. No purfling, poor craftsmanship, no apparent work on the neck/scroll (no grafts) but it appears more contemporary, poor Perry brand on back, etc. Perhaps a later German copy? I welcome your thoughts! (There are some very nice old repairs to the body, including an very well done butterfly patch at the sound post, but this instrument has had a tough life). There aren't many good pictures here but have a look if you are interested. http://asheville.craigslist.org/msd/5986579699.html