Tony's Antique Violin

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$450
Inherited
Musical instruments
Chicago USA
Description from user:

This Violin was bequeathed to me from my Great Grandmother who bequeathed it to her. It has a name on the interior of Nicolas Amalfi & dated 1769.

It has been passed down in my family & my great Grandmother played violin.

Answered within about 9 hours
Aug 02, 22:33 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$200 - $400 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$450 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Anthony,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Labels on the inside of violins are notoriously unreliable - this website does a good job of explaining it (https://stringsmagazine.com/an-insiders-guide-to-violin-labels/). I strongly suspect that this is a copy though without examining it in person, or playing it, it is difficult to know more specifically if this is an original. I have valued this based on the most likely assumption that it is a copy; if it were an original, the value would be in the six or even 7 figures.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

An antique full sized violin
School of Nicholaus Amati
Italian, 18th or 19th Century
With spruce front (back?), ebony finger board, tuning pegs and chin rest, banding to the edges, hand-written paper label to the inside marked "Nicolas Amati / Cremona Fecit 1769"
22 1/2 inches overall length, greatest width 8 inches
CONDITION: with wear and losses from age and use.
PROVENANCE: inherited
$200-400*
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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