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Seeking appraisal/info for 1805 violin
Looking for any information on violin that has been in my family for over 200 years!
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zakmo
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June 15, 2015 - 10:27 pm
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Our family has had a violin that has been passed down for many generations and somewhere along the way, the story behind it was lost. I was hoping some experienced violinists/collectors might know some information about it. Here is what is on the faded sticker on the inside:

Johann Martin Hofmann

Hochfürstl: Hof- Laut-

und Geigenmacher in

Schillingsfürst 1805

Any information on this violin would be greatly appreciated! I have been looking online and have had a hard time finding anything, and what I have found is in German. 

Thanks everyone!

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Fiddlerman
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As always, pictures would help.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Okay I'll get some on here as soon as I can 

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HOFMANN, Johann Martin Worked circa. 1798-1814 Schillingsfurst, Bavaria Germany. Flat personal model with red-brown varnish and fine materials. Johann Martin Hofmann / Hochfürstl: Hof- Laut- / und Geigenmacher in / Schillingsfürst 1805

One of 1805 vintage was auctioned in 1990 for about 1700 pounds. 

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