Who made this Violin? Valuable?
I currently have a student with an aged violin that I have taken interest in it's history. I checked out the Label and the following is what's on it:
Music Instrumenten - Verfertigen
Ecke Der Unger und Zuckerrgasse
PEST 1847 (this date looks hand written)
The violin has had many repairs done, as well as obvious signs of aging. as an example, The underside of the scroll has been worn, almost flat, as if place on a surface many, many times. It has other common repairs as well, such as a couple cracks (small, 2-3 inches) up the face starting in the lower bouts. The ribs on both the upper and lower bouts have had some holes repaired as well. The student stated that her grandma played on it when she was young and is now giving it to her.
In short, from my amateur eye, it looks like an instrument that may actually be pretty old. I know this does not make it automatically valuable. I am just curious if anyone knows anything about this violin maker. Simple internet searches have come up fruitless.
Agree little can be said unless you show some good quality photos of the instrument.
To save others wasting time, there is nothing but pictures of the label there.
The nearly identical label is "quoted" in the Henley "Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers" except the "maker's" initial is V (for Venzeslaus) and the date shown is 1878 (which is 5 years after Buda and Pest joined to become one city divided by a river).
If you want your own fake labels, you can find them here. https://www.ebay.com/itm/V123-Old-Vintage-Antique-Violin-Fiddle-Maker-Set-of-22-Labels-NICE/162022826555?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211709%26meid%3D16ddff852c8e4c9ea19af02f637213a2%26pid%3D100506%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D162022826555&_trksid=p2045573.c100506.m3226
That was a fun browse. A fake label for every occasion!
Do fake Strad labels sound better?
Assuming the label is genuine, and the violin is in very good shape, then it might be worth $2000 probably not much more, just guessing, though. Maybe that gives you a rough idea. At this low price point, the value or saleability has a lot to do with how good it sounds.
Thank you all for your input. I'm getting some photos of the instrument soon. I don't see it every day, but I'll get them in as soon as possible.
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