This old fullsize violin is unlabelled. It looks to have been made some time between 1860 and 1900. I don't know know if it French or German or indeed Italian or English, although these are'long shots'. The chances are that it was made in one of the states which became part of Germany.
But a couple of French features: black lines on the rib junctions, and nicely shaped internal studs along the central joint of the back. Not repair studs, but clearly placed there when the violin was made. What is not in doubt is the beauty of the violin.Lovely maple used, and precision carving. Its also in excellent condition for its age. Just a small'dink' to an upper rib. This violin will keep its value well. The violin is set up, ready to play without further adjustment.
I have played the violin briefly to check the set-up and to assess the sound. It plays loudly, producing a rich and resonant sound. Good on the E string including high up. The violin would would be fine for a beginner up to the grade 7 standard in my opinion. These are beautifully carved, as can be seen from the photos.The pegs all adjust as they should. The fluting of the scroll continues all the way round so not Bohemian made. The fingerboard is from good quality maple. Lovely maple used for the neck block; presumably the same as the back and ribs. I have fitted a new set of good quality perlon-cored strings. I left on the old bridge which came with the violin. The tailpiece is an old ebony one, probably the original. The chinrest is an old kidney-shaped bakelite one, with brass fittings. This is made from close-grained spruce. The back and ribs are from flamed maple. There is a small'dink' to the upper rib on the treble side. Clearly been there a long time and totally stable. And ribs do not contribute to the sound production of the violin.
Apart from the mark to the rib already mentioned there are no cracks and no repairs to the violin. Just a few small blemishes to the varnish. They don't come much better! Just to make it clear: the violin can be posted to your house as normal or it can be sent to your nearest. I often send violins in an old case but not always.
Again, I sometimes list bows for sale, so take a look. This is an insured and trackable service.Violins travel at my risk. These days I don't routinely leave feedback for buyers. But if you would like feedback posted just let me know and I will leave excellent feedback. About me: I took early retirement from teaching seven years ago in order to establish my violin repair and restoration business. It had been my hobby for many years before that. The business was originally called. Violins but I renamed it on moving to. I also repair violas and cellos.
Consequently my instruments sell for much less than they would in a traditional music shop. If you want to make the trip to.
To try out my current stock of violins then that can be arranged. FRENCH GERMAN c1880" is in sale since Wednesday, April 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\String\Orchestral\Violins".
The seller is "geoff1954" and is located in Bodorgan, Isle of Anglesey. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.