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Hello everyone! My grandmother recently passed away and I was cleaning out her house. In one of the closets, I discovered a Fredrick Wilhelm Meniel violin with 1754 on the label. She had never mentioned anything about a violin to us so we were a bit surprised. Does anyone know anything about Fredrick Wilhelm Meniel violins? I'm a bit skeptical that this one was made in 1754 but I could be surprised. The violin itself has a few repaired cracks in the top. It's a golden color and has a one piece back. I don't know if this violin is authentic, but if it is, that would be astounding. Could it really be made in 1754? Does anyone know what something like this could be worth? Thanks!
When I googled it, I came up with very little, but the little info that I came up with regarding Friedrich Wilhelm Meinel was:
"Friedrich Wilhelm Born 1737, died 1820 Markneukirchen. Son and pupil of Christian Friedrich Meinel (I), above. Similar work to that of his father. Yellow-brown varnish. Branded: ‘Meinel’. Printed label: Friedrich Wilhelm Meinel / erfunden von Jacob Steiner / 1758 ..." (amati.com)