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Can you help me ID this violin?

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I am doing some repairs on this violin and the client would love to know something about where it was made. Her father purchased it in 1946. It bears no label. It has a neck graft. Thanks for looking!

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IMHO, a very nice grade of Markie with deliberate (and slightly over-the-top) antiquing.  I've got one in stock with very similar varnish, shape, and back flame, but neatly backstamped "STAINER" below the button.

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I agree about it being from Markneukirchen (sp?). Probably about 100 years old. Can't really tell about how "good" it is. Are you sure that it has a neck graft?

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I agree about it being from Markneukirchen (sp?). Probably about 100 years old. Can't really tell about how "good" it is. Are you sure that it has a neck graft?

 

Yes on the neck graft. 100% confident. Thanks to both of you for the input.

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Rib corners are filed off flush with the corners of the plates.  Wouldn't that imply that the ribs were built on the back and the corners filed off after the "box"  was closed?

 

Does the fiddle have corner blocks? Linings?

 

I've seen quite a few "antique old" fiddles from the Shoenbach / Markneukirchen area, built new with bushed pegholes and either real or scratch grafts. This feels like one of those to me at first look, without more detail. 1880s to WWI, generally. You can find them in old catalogs and in Earhart & Atchley's books.

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The scroll work looks good to me. Could it be a replacement ? Color looks a bit off, and as Michael mentioned, factory built grafted necks usually came with bushed peg holes and ebony rings.

Bob

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Yes, I also agree, perhaps a saxony violin or from Markneukirchen. I sense its about 100-120 years old, shame about the cracks. I doubt whether the graft is legit or just as part of the antiquing done on many of these types of violins. But nevertheless a lovely looking violin!

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