Help identify French violin, obscured brand

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13 hours ago, MarkBouquet clearsky said:

I'm inclined to believe that assuming this violin is a "C.W." Seidel is an unsupported leap of faith. It just looks far too new to be from the 19th century. 

I'm doubting that it's possible to exclude a certain age of the violin by this blurred and unfocussed photos.

The model is typical Christian Wilhelm Seidel (I had a few ith exactly this brand), and he lived till 1900, surely working with the help of employees and relatives who could have been still using this brand after the master's death. There were some different qualities in the production, and the OP looks like an exceptional fine output.

Leaving aside the modern fittings and the neck, which is probably grafted, I can't see anything excluding a late 19th century origin. A more interesting question is if it is one of the 5 stripe purfled instruments?

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