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Dear violin friends, A few weeks ago, I posted a thread about an unknown violin bought at Amatis, with peculiar f holes. With not much success, I must admit... Next step was to go to the luthier, in order to get the thing fixed. So I went to Roland Terrier, at Mirecourt. I was pleased to see he took much interest in the violin, wich he identified as a XIIIth century instrument, most probably french. Roland said he would check his extensive photographic database in order to see if identification could be pushed further. Two open cracks had at least to be repaired, plus the usual fittings after a careful internal check. Some time later, I mailed to inquire about the violin. Roland had removed the top plate and was happy to indicate he had identified the maker, in an absolute manner. This happens rarely in such cases, but a detail he had observed but on this specific (scarce) maker had given him the answer. Here I join Rolands pic, with his kind permission.... The way the linings are (deeply!!) mortised into the corner block is indeed surprising, and typical for Claude Aubert, a french luthier who lived in the East of France, at Troyes. Once this had been cleared, the shield-formed wood replacement at the upper back plate, made sense. Aubert is known for branding his instruments between the interrupted purflings, on the back He is of course not the only one to do so (see a very old thread on the pegbox ). A previous repair had tried to erase the marks of a "less valued" maker.... I encourage you, if not already done, to visit Rolands impressive site about the Mirecourt school of violin making (and much more...) https://www.luthiers-mirecourt.com/galerie_instruments.htm The Aubert cello shows, in my eyes, some more similarities to this nice little violin. I am deeply indebted to Roland for sharing his knowledge with me, and allow me to publish this... Hope you had interest in reading that too.