Re: Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu Violin.

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Posted by Paul E. Barbie on January 13, 2003 at 07:15:54:

In Reply to: Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu Violin. posted by Larry Hewitt on October 31, 2002 at 09:05:52:

: Greetings!
: An "attic" violin to be sure. Would appreciate information as to next step in getting the violin appraised. Apparently it was done over 20 yrs ago and was valued at $3500 US. It does have a label in it that reads Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu, Cremona and under it reads Fecit ano 1742 with the "42" being had lettered. There is no sign of what is taken to be the signatory mark of the cross. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to suggest where I go from here. Interestingly, the violin comes in a wooden case with the name R. H. Gray. inscribed on a metal plate on the lower portion and on the upper portion, the lid, another metal plate is inscribed with the words, "The Maidstone" and underneath it the name, "John G. Murdoch & Co. Ltd. London.
: Thanks for your help. Larry

I also have a violin made by Joseph. It doses have the mark of the cross. The violin was apparently restored by August Gemunder & Sons in New York 1929. I also would like to receive an appraisal. Please advise if you have any luck in your search. thank you

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