Fredrieck Cayford Violin London

Edited: April 28, 2020, 1:15 PM · I am currently playing on a Roth violin (1956) and Im looking for something with a little more "body" My Roth has been good to me nice and clean but again lacking a little in the bottom end. I have two violins that I am currently trying out on extended time due to shutdowns in US. The first is a Ch. J. B. Collin-Mézin very nice instrument it has an extremely dark brown varnish but label reads 1883 with the signature in the correct position. The other is Fredrieck Cayford. I have been everywhere on the inter-webs and can't find any information on this luthier. I have seen the great things on this website how violinists come together to help each other. Please if anyone can shed some light on this luthier that would be greatly appreciated

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Edited: April 28, 2020, 4:27 PM · Could it be "spelling? (Frederick")

This maker is not listed in Henley's "Universal Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers," published in 1973, which I find surprising.

April 28, 2020, 4:30 PM · I see a violin by that maker was auctioned off by Skinner. Here is the detail:

I went to the preview for that auction but I don't remember trying that instrument unfortunately. I do remember that I tried a violin by another English maker, Bernhard Simon Fendt, which I thought was nice.

Edited: April 29, 2020, 2:21 AM · According to The Dictionary of British Violin and Bow Makers by Dennis G. Plowright:
Cayford, Frederick. He worked c.1880/1895, good work. Label "Frederick Cayford/maker/London 1894" in a violin on a large model, made from figured wood, the front grain prominent and varnished orange brown.
So clearly an amateur although apparently a good one. Brompton's have one auction record, London June 1997, price £1955
April 30, 2020, 3:44 AM · Thank you to all for your responses!
Edited: April 30, 2020, 7:25 AM · Misspelling "Frederick" is forgivable. Misspelling "piece" or "professional" is another thing entirely.
May 1, 2020, 5:38 AM · Which one sounds better?

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