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Impossible to say what such a thing is worth, if it has been in your family that long.
A basic rule for figuring out how valuable an item that has been passed down may be:
Say you buy something today and then leave it to your kids when you die. They probably won't think of it as worth anything much, it will be basically old junk.
To your grandkids, it may begin to be worth something, at least when they are grown up. Maybe they'd pay at least as much as you originally paid for it to have something that once belonged to you.
To your great grandkids, it may be worth about twice as much as that, if it lasts long enough for them to ever see it. In other words if nobody has thrown it away, broken it beyond repair, or sold it off.
And it may about double with each generation after that.
It should, in my opinion, be priceless as soon as it is passed to your kids (or the next generation, anyway). But that isn't how our society trains people to think. It isn't an attitude that benefits the pockets of big business.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
I believe the Farny violins, which you have one of, were made in Wurlitzer's shop in the early 1900s. Interestingly enough, Rudolph Wurlitzer's wife had a brother who was an illustrator of note named ... wait for it ... Henry Farny.
The violin is most likely German. Clean it up, have a luthier check the post and the bass bar and set it up. It's possibly more than 100 years old, and could sound pretty good. No matter what the actual value of a factory-made instrument is, it's a great score, and for it to have survived this long, it deserves to get a new lease on life if you can give it one.
One wonders if the damage would have been as severe had the chicken not been tied to the barrel.
Awww, man. That is so cool. I wish I had a family heirloom like that! I would baby it so bad! Great find man. Get that thing to a Luthier, get her spiffed up, and a little spit and polish, she'll be singing' like a Greek Siren, mate. Careful, you learn to play an instrument like that, and you'll have all the hot violinist after ya!
Like Hillary Hahn!!!
"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein
well, mine was in a little worse condition than yours is... and I consider mine to be priceless. After all... it's been in the family, you can't buy that at any price.
I'd take it to a specialist and get that crack fixed before messing with anymore. Then after that's done, you can gently pollish the finish and decide how and if you want to repair the scuff marks and only the scuff marks. It'd be a shame to refinish the whole thing and risk messing with the sound.
That thing is beautiful and it has great potential... take care of it and treat it like a new born baby and the rewards will no doubt be very great for you.
HERE'S A LINK TO SOME INFO...
Look forward to getting more updates and hopefull you won't cause any more damage to it along the way.
Same article I found on Google, before I checked your's.
@ 819dragon..... the bridge looks very heavy, thick and cumbersome, also appears to have been fit not quite right.
Good luck with your restoration.
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