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@aaarneson most violins (new or used) are "replicas" in the sense that they are modeled after a Strad or Amati, or other well know makers' instruments. That doesn't make them worthless. It's hard to tell from the picture, but there are no obvious cracks in the top of the instrument so it might me able to be setup by a luthier to be a very playable violin.
Of course it's missing the tailpiece and bridge, and most likely the sound post, but these are fixable. The finger board is probably rosewood, or at least not ebony which is more common. Also, a peg is missing so you'd probable need to get 4 new ones and have them fitted.
If you have access to a luthier in your are, take it to them and ask their opinion. It will be worth more than any we can give based on a single picture.
Oh, and ignore most of the labels in the violin. They are usually there just for effect 🙂
Bob in Lone Oak, Texas
Asking a Luthier is good advice. If there are no major defects, then getting the violin into playable condition shouldn't cost very much and it might sound really good. With respect to the age of the violin, the McKinley Tariff act of 1891 required that the country of origin appear on the label. In 1914 the act was changed requiring the words "Made in" to appear. In 1921 the act was again changed to require the country of origin to be printed in American script. Based upon your picture, this would tend to indicate that the violin that you have was imported sometime after 1914. While the instrument may not have significant monetary value, its value as a piece of your family history may be an important factor. If not now, then perhaps later on in your life.
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