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The fact that it says "Made in Germany" gives an indication of date. Germany didn't exist as a country of that name until 1871.

The McKinley Tariff Act of 1891 required labeling of imported items with the country of origin. It was amended in 1914 to require the words "Made in". In 1921 it was amended to require the name of the country be in English.

This might put your instrument in the post 1914 period.


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23 minutes ago, nathan slobodkin said:

And by no means a copy of a Guarneri. As far as I know no member of the Guarneri family ever made a bass and Del Gesu certainly didn't.

But can you be certain of that?

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Such labels, even if claiming "Copy of something", were totally randomly cut out from the octavo printed sheets and glued in by workers who surely couldn't distinguish between, Strad, Del Gesu, Amati, Stainer or which names ever were written there. To speculate about the degree of copying anything is therefore pointless.

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