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Interesting 19th century patented chinrest

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I salvaged this chinrest off of a yard sale fiddle years ago that I probably threw in the trash. But the chinrest was interesting. I wouldn't recommend that anyone try to use it though.

It has three adjusting barrels. The center one clamps it to the instrument, while the outer two adjust the elevation and inclination of the cup. The result is that the chinrest cup itself is kind of wiggly. Still, I'm impressed by the high quality manufacturing standard. The devil's in the details, and this maker took that to heart. The adjusting barrels have those rings formed into them that have no other purpose but aesthetics. The bracket is elegantly filigreed, and even the patent declaration on that bracket is done with style. The texturing in the ebony cup's surface is carefully done, by hand I suspect.

Here's a link to the original U.S. patent, if you're interested:
http://www.google.com/patents/US439199

Has anyone seen one of these before?

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