Identify that violinInstruments: Where did that violin really come from and how old is it?
From Hal Walker
From Tom HolzmanThe "Starner" might be "Stainer" who was an early luthier around Stradavarius's time (Bach had a Stainer). However, the addition of
Posted on November 29, 2007 at 04:35 PM
"Glass-" before "Starner" suggests that it might be a Stainer (or Starner) copy by someone named Glass. I would google the names and see what you get. You could also take it to your local luthier.
From Sue BechlerThe handwritten label could also be someone who did repairs or adjustments on it at some point. I'd say your best bet is the opinion of a luthier who handles a lot of oldish instruments. Probably the best you can expect is a confirmation of German/not German and an approximate age. Sue
Posted on November 29, 2007 at 05:34 PM
From Tom HolzmanSue's point is well-taken. The other thing to remember is that even if you can figure out what the various labels mean, maker labels are notoriously unreliable and are about the last thing an experienced luthier will look at in trying to determine the provenance of a violin.
Posted on November 29, 2007 at 07:14 PM
From Bob AnnisSometime after the turn of the century legislation was passed to compel inclusion of information on country of origin; I forget the date, but it was around WWI if memory serves. That might offer clues to origin and approximate date.
Posted on November 29, 2007 at 07:51 PM
From Hal WalkerThe McKinley Tariff Act of 1891 required that items imported to the U.S. be marked with their country of origin. In 1914 the act was revised to require the words "Made in" to also be used. Finally, in 1921 the act was revised yet again to require that all country names occurred in English. Thus an object labeled simply "Bavaria" of "Nippon" would likely (but not absolutely) be from some time between 1891 and 1914. "Made in Italia" might be before 1921.
Posted on November 30, 2007 at 04:49 AM
This my clarify the label tha reads "Germany."
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