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Hi all,

Would anyone be able to give me some information on the identity or value of this violin?

It is over 100 years old and has had a repair to the body. Looking for a date or country of origin, all I can see is some old German text.

Please let me know if you need anything else.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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6 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

It would seem that someone has stuck a sliver of an old newspaper in a rather modest violin

 

3 hours ago, Ratcliffiddles said:

My immediate reaction was one of the Nippon fiddles from earlier in the 20th century, but not entirely sure.

 

3 hours ago, Rue said:

That violin doesn't look 100 years old to me.

1950s?

The newspaper snippet is a puzzler, but the rest of it, in wood, varnish, and workmanship closely resembles my example of an early post-WW II Saxon refugee-made trade violin labeled from Mittenwald (a subject exhaustively discussed here before).  I would consider the mix of a fully-carved scroll (1) with a built-on-back body typical of the extreme end of the Markneukirchen/Schönbach "school" before B-O-B finally gave way to molds, and would date it to the 1940's or early 1950's. Quite likely from the shop of Anton Dietl, as described in "A Spray Gun For The Varnish".

 

1.  But note the merest hint of a "delta" still present at the heel of the scroll.

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Looks like it is assembled from bits and pieces, even the back plates seem to be glued together from smaller scraps. I have a "Frankenfiddle" which resembles it a little, although slightly less "parts bin assembly". Looks like it was made by a child playing in a luthier's workshop....

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12 hours ago, Felefar said:

Looks like it is assembled from bits and pieces, even the back plates seem to be glued together from smaller scraps. I have a "Frankenfiddle" which resembles it a little, although slightly less "parts bin assembly". Looks like it was made by a child playing in a luthier's workshop....

I've never seen anything like the long diagonal seam in the back before, and it's got me curious too, wondering if the newsprint is reinforcing it.

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