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I have recently acquired a Civil War era violin. It is in very nice condition but I'm having difficulty reading the makers label. The date is clear, 1863, but here is all I can clearly see of the name:
J.C. Ho nes
There appears to be a space equal to the size of one or two letters in the last name.
As it is handwritten the third to last letter could also be a "v" or an "r". The "o" could also possibly be an "a".
I thought it possible it could be J.C. Haynes however I cannot confirm this.
Thank you Diane. The date is on the label just below the maker's name. I got this from a friend who's aunt had a collection of 7 or 8 vintage violins and left them for him. She played for one of the philharmonics (sorry, I can't remember which).
I've had it for a few years but I'm afraid he didn't have much info on its provenance. You're right though, it really would be nice to know it's history.
That is a great looking Baroque Violin. Would love to hear more of its history.
One thing I noticed is the bridge looks out of place, since its not between the F hole notches. I would check were the sound post is and the string length (12 7/8") from nut to bridge.
Again you have quiite the prize there, hope that you enjoy for years to come.
With violins there is no fretting over the music.