branding-irons to indicate makers' names/models
I wonder if anyone knows when makers' names/violin models were first branded onto the buttons of violins using branding irons?
This kind of thing
Doesn't that wreck the violin's tone?
Probably since the beginning of the craft. Brands are ancient technology. I even have one!
certainly back to 1800
Seraphin, Gragnani, so quite early.
I had a Carlo Giuseppe Oddone ( 1898) with a brand on the endpin hole.That violin got away from me; couldn't scrape up the cash fast enough.
In the second half of the 18th century several British/Irish workshops were using brands applied below rather than on the button, e.g. Betts, Duke, Perry. However, most violins branded "Duke London" are actually German or French.
I was trying to verify that a (probable) Poirson was 19th century, not 18th. But I think the fact that it's clearly a Breton model (painted purfling to boot, so no need to get excited. Otoh, the Mirecourt catalogues' Bretons all tend to be purfled) rules out the 18th century. I have no other knowledge of violins to go on, in case anyone is dumbstruck that I could be having difficulties with such a simple issue, lol. Otoh, Poirson seems to have been a tricky little shyster.