|Description:||Violin: inside it says: Copy of Antonius Stradivarius faciebat Cremona 1713-- made in Western Germany|
|Condition:||good no visable blemishs on the body of the voilin except on the right side of the "S" there is a little varnished rubbed off|
|Origin:||My grandfather owned it|
|Appraised By:||Judith Katz-Schwartz|
|Appraiser Comments:||Antonio Stradivarius (Stradivari) was a violin maker, born in Cremona, Italy, circa 1640. He experimented with the design of string instruments and, assisted by his two sons, perfected the Cremona type of violin. It is thought that he made over a thousand violins, violas, and violoncellos between 1666 and his death; about 650 of these still exist. As a young man, Stradivari inherited a fortune, resulting in a local saying in his day that a person might be "rich as Stradivarius".
It is a common practice in the field of violinmaking that luthiers name their instruments after the world's most famous violinmakers, as sort of a tribute. As a result, there are thousands, perhaps millions, of violins with the same label as yours. In fact, they were sold for decades in the Sears Roebuck mail order catalog. Many student violins have a Stradivarius label as well. As for true Stradivarius violins, the locationof every one still in existence is known, and they are usually named for their owners, i.e., the Heifitz Stradivarius.
The fact that your violin says "Western Germany" indicates that it was made after World War II, most likely in the 1950s or 1960s. At least the manufacturer had the honesty and good grace to say "Copy of Stradivarius"; many manufacturers do not.
Since I am unable to examine this item in person, it is assumed for the purpose of this appraisal to be a mid-20th century West German violin in very good condition, with some loss of varnish, and no other flaws whatsoever. The values given below are based on these assumptions.
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