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  1. All, I have an old violin stored in a wooden violin box that seems to be customized for this violin. Attached are the pictures. The violin has no bridge but soundpost is standing. All strings are missing. The tail piece looks old and hand-made by wood and is detached from the endpin. Pegbox has four pegs in there but do not seem to be a matching set. There is no visible marking inside the violin to help determine make/model/origin of the piece. The back of the violin is interesting. It has a drawing of some kind of a pledge in the lower bout. 13-stars on the flag with the Eagle flying. I believe the Eagle is holding a banner that says E pluribus unum (out of many one). I suspected this is from Civil War era but research on internet came up pretty empty as it seems band instrument (e.g. bugle, drum) would be more common back then with very limited information on violin. I saw another similar violin online but that one has a lion head scroll whereas this one is a regular scroll. I would appreciate if you can offer me some more information on the piece. How rare is a piece like this? Thanks, MW