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Violin by O.W Brown 1932.


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Good evening. Can anyone help identify the following violin in terms of origin, quality of craftsmanship, and monetary value?

Label seems to read: "Made by O.W Brown, Wheaton, Minn[esota] 1932, #35". 

As far as the 2020 census, Wheaton has a population of 1,460. I haven't found any data about the apparent violin maker, and I was curious if anyone may be able to shed some light on this?

I'd genuinely appreciate any insight here.

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1 hour ago, kubasa said:

I'd recommend reaching out to Christian Eggert Violins in Duluth, MN.  The owner was very knowledgeable about Minnesota made violins from the last century.  I don't know if that owner is still there or not but it's worth a try.


I think labelled in Minnesota would be a more accurate description.

It looks like a cheaper version of the usual, to me.

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