French Maker/ Vendor Label

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On 3/1/2021 at 11:12 AM, sospiri said:

All of this gets me wondering.

Would Captain David Virtue wear his undies on the outside?

I thought you were referring to Bananas, Woody Allen's 1971 comedy farce, that some say predicted DT.

Loony Laws:

Esposito: From this day on, the official language of San Marcos [in Latin America] will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside, so we can check.
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To clarify, Dietré or Pieté are not French names, the word after that seems to me to be a long way from "Choix O" and nonsensical, and I can't think of any grammatical construction that would involve "...... au Nicolas" unless Nicolas was a place named after someone ie, "at the Nicolas" ....

Coupled with a lack of any recorded Rue Croix in Lyon (it would be "Rue de la Croix) leads me to suppose that this is not written by a French person, even the sort of amateur that would knock up a label like this.

To comment more meaningfully, it would be helpful to see the violin. A label is, after all, just a piece of paper.

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Ultimately, if it plays well and you enjoy playing it, then don't worry about the rest.

Just be aware that it's not a high value instrument.

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Thanks to all for your comments. Bit disappointing that the label isn’t a Vuilluame pseudonym, but oh well.  It does sound really good fortunately. I also got to expand my vocabulary. :)

I know the list of M box features are only a guide, but here’s why I thought it might be French factory:

·         The eye of the scroll is flat and somewhat pronounced

·         Peg box not blackened

·         F hole edges not blackened

·         Corners overhang, not flush

·         Color is redder than the pics, looks French (although this could be later)

·         There are blocks although I can’t tell if the linings are behind or butt up

·         The typical French diamond shaped cleats aren’t there,  but I think the back seam has been repaired with  later cleats (see pic)

·         The button to me looks like it could maybe French? Failing that a fat German one.

I’d be really interested to know what tips it as M box, the F holes, purfling, rib join? Thanks.





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On 3/2/2021 at 11:14 PM, jacobsaunders said:

That's the second time I would say "the usual" this morning, I think I will go back to bed.

Looks like it has been revarnished, or somewhat souped up it that repect

I've created a graphic for you Jacob, post and save a lot of keystrokes :)

Bored (1).jpg

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