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Hello! 
 

I have had this violin for a little while and I would like to know more about it. On the inside it says “Tone ____ and Repaired by A.W Van Dorsten, No. 542 Maker Dec. 1916” 

I also am really interested in the design on the back, and would like to know more about who could have put the design on it, and if it was common to have that design. 

Thank you! 

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48 minutes ago, albrown_18 said:

...I...am really interested in the design on the back, and would like to know more about who could have put the design on it, and if it was common to have that design...

Since most violins were/are made without this type of design, or any design at all on the back, it is quite uncommon.  But designs like these, and also much more elaborate designs, are occasionally seen on the backs of this type of cheap, commercially mass-produced, German violin made around 1890 to 1930.  Your design is made of purfling inlaid in grooves, in the same fashion as the purfling inlaid just inside the edges of the top and back.  It was put on by anonymous production workers when the violin was made.  It was not put on by Dorsten, who repaired -- not made -- the violin.

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5 minutes ago, Brad Dorsey said:

Since most violins were/are made without this type of design, or any design at all on the back, it is quite uncommon.  But designs like these, and also much more elaborate designs, are occasionally seen on the backs of this type of cheap, commercially mass-produced, German violin made around 1890 to 1930.  Your design is made of purfling inlaid in grooves, in the same fashion as the purfling inlaid just inside the edges of the top and back.  It was put on by anonymous production workers when the violin was made.  It was not put on by Dorsten, who repaired -- not made -- the violin.

Okay, thank you! so you would guess it was made from 1890-1930? 

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2 hours ago, albrown_18 said:

That’s very interesting! Can you attach the catalog? 

The Cincinnati Public Library has digitized a nice selection of them:  https://digital.cincinnatilibrary.org/digital/collection/p16998coll22/search/searchterm/rudolph wurlitzer company -- catalogs!Wurlitzer/field/subjec!all/mode/exact!all/conn/and!and/order/title  :)

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1 hour ago, Violadamore said:

Thank you! I haven’t found one from 1898, but I’ll keep looking! 

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