Louis Moitessier a Paris 1812 Violin?

January 29, 2018, 3:54 PM · My favored violin has stamped in ink "Louis Moitessier a Paris 1812," with the date in larger "hand written" numerals below the name and place. It's a great sounding instrument built on a large-pattern Strad design with a golden varnish and no aging effects.

Here's the thing. Looking up old Louie, his instruments were not held in high regard. Mine is an obvious French copy from later in the 19th Century. Why would a maker attribute his work to a luthier whose reputation was as a good teacher but not much of a maker? I don't get that...

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