Anyone interested in a 19th Century Violin/Fiddle to add to their impression? For awhile my children were all big into playing the violin and somehow I ended up buying more violins than we had players. It is time to downsize.
This violin was examined by Mr. Rosenbaum who is both a player for the Alabama Symphony and a violin expert. The following is what he told me. The violin is old, 19th century and probably Klingenthal. It's length is 13 5/8 making it a small full size violin. The top is 6 1/8 and the bottom 7 11/16. This size of violin is often called 7/8 size violin--on the smaller size of a full size violin. You just don't come across this size too much. It was also called a lady's violin--not because only women played it, but because the smaller size allowed for shorter arms.
It comes with the old case it was in when I bought it and also has a bow. The old case is wooden and is papered inside. Has a two hook and eye type latches and a metal handle. I think it would make a nice prop even if you don't play. Why buy one of those awful shiny chunks of wood made in China when you can have a real 19th century violin? It comes complete with that old instrument smell too!
I can send photos if you are interested.
I paid more for it, but I'll take $100 and shipping will be just what it costs me and will depend mostly on where you are located.