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Hi everyone!

Hope everyone is having a great day! I was cleaning out my grandfather's home in Austria and stumbled upon this old violin. I asked a friend who plays and he said it’s more likely to be of Saxon or Bohemian work (sorry I don't remember). The label says Anton Jais, Geigenmacher in Mittenwald 1830 (with the 30 written in). Of course this is not a genuine Anton Jais violin, but I'd love to know more about it. I like the way it sounds so far given my novice experience. Any ideas?

I know there are numerous threads re: features/certain distinctions but I'm not too sure of how to distinguish them. Apologies for the pictures. Thank you for the time!

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The violin looks nice and old and has a certain "Mittenwald touch", but unfortunately some important features for identification are under-exposured.

The lower rib seems to be divided/cut at the end pin, can you tell if the flames are going in the same direction at both sides or are mirrored? Are the front scroll flutings carved to the absolute end of the throad or stopping before reaching it? Can you tell if the corner blocks are longer in the outer bouts than the middle or symmetrical to to the ribs, and are the middle bout linings disappearing in the blocks or cut off?

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Doesn't look Mittenwald to me. Blank face asks all the relevant questions... but the scroll fluting stopping early is I think quite clearly visible from the photos provided.

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