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Seeking information on older violin
Seeking approximate market value for an elderly friend who wants to sell. Thanks for any input!
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November 23, 2014 - 10:59 am
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Any information on the origin and current market value of this violin would be appreciated if anyone can be of assistance. Two bows.

I am going to post a few pics, one of which is the name on a sticker inside this 1894  (on sticker) violin. I will try to post as many pics as I can but if unsuccessful, you may contact me at my email address:  [email protected]   and I will send some directly to you. The owner was left this violin by her late husband and it was obtained by him from a Russian friend who had ties to Israel. She has expressed an interest in selling it. It was one of two owned by her late husband and it was the one he preferred.

I am not familiar with the names of Luthiers of the era ( or ANY for that matter) but the second name appears to be Yelfen followed by a date of 1894. Thanks again for any info. AllanIMG_1177.JPGImage Enlarger

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November 23, 2014 - 8:56 pm
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I've never heard of the name before but that doesn't mean anything. Could still be a nice instrument. Good luck in gathering information.
For valuations you can visit this link: http://tarisio.com/valuations/
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November 26, 2014 - 5:04 pm
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Thanks Fiddlerman!

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December 2, 2014 - 2:02 pm
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It sure is a beauty.   I sure would love to hear her "voice"  

Thanks for Sharing. Have you found anything more about the violin.

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December 10, 2014 - 8:43 am
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In old script writing that Y might actually be a J and that first letter in the first name might be an A!!

What a fun mystery!

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December 10, 2014 - 10:30 am
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Assuming that you are in the U. S., it may have been domestically produced.  I believe that after 1891 all imported instruments had to be labeled with the country of origin such as Made in Germany, etc.

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December 18, 2014 - 4:48 pm
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I tried to register on the tarisio site but to no avail. I won't be paying to sign on as I'm just trying to get an idea about the violin.. Many thanks for the comments and suggestion. I'll try some other sites. thanks again, Allan

December 18, 2014 - 4:55 pm
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To Uzi, I am in New Brunswick, Canada. The lady who owns it came to Canada from Hungary in the '50's, as did her late husband. The previous owner was from Russia, I believe. The Russian was a friend and gave it to her husband many years ago. My friend's husband had two violins but this was his favourite, and had the best sound for him.

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