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violin115
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I have recently acquired an old violin... it says “Germany” inside of it. Any information about it anyone can tell me?

 

https://springfield.craigslist.org/msg/6674878800.html

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Your violin was probably made between 1891 and 1914.

in 1891 through a tariff act goods were required to have a country of origin marked on them.  In 1914 the words “made in” had to be added.  That’s all I have for you.

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The bow could be interesting...

Is there anything stamped on the stick?  usually near the frog.

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Hard to tell with just one pic and none of the makers label.

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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No, there is nothing stamped on the stick... does anyone know a value of the violin and bow? I added more pictures also

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steveduf said
The bow could be interesting...

Is there anything stamped on the stick?  usually near the frog.  

steveduf said
The bow could be interesting...

Is there anything stamped on the stick?  usually near the frog.  

No there is nothing stamped on the stick

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violin115 said
No, there is nothing stamped on the stick... does anyone know a value of the violin and bow? I added more pictures also  

Typically you'd need a luthier to examine the fiddle in person to give it a proper appraisal, it would be hard to guess at a value without someone seeing it in person. Are you the one selling it? If so doing a quick search based of the location of the craigslist ad there are luthiers nearby to take it to.

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You'd have to have the instrument appraised to determine if it has any value.  However, bear in mind that during the 19th century and into the 20th century, student violins were made all over Europe, in a cottage industry, that was sort of a precursor to  assembly-line manufacturing.  Some parts would be made in one home workshop, some parts in another and then the parts assembled and finished yet somewhere else.  Labels, usually proclaiming that the violin was a Stradivarius, were slapped into them and then they were exported all over the world.  As a result laws were passed during the late 19th and early 20th century requiring the country of origin to be placed on a label on the inside The vast majority of them have little value in today's market, since most were created as inexpensive student violins to begin with and will likely not have improved with age.   All of that aside, let me say again, that the only way to know if an instrument has monetary value, is to have it appraised.   To know if it has musical value, it must be played. 

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What is the ad that you linked us to? I'm hoping that you did not pay anywhere near that much for the instrument.

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