Re: Violin appraisal

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Posted by Elizabeth on April 28, 2003 at 10:52:48:

In Reply to: Violin appraisal posted by Fred Carpenter on November 06, 2002 at 19:22:14:

: I have a Joseph Guarnerius violin and would appreciate if someone could give me a ballpark estimate as to what my violin is worth?

: The violin is 20-1/8 inches in length and about 6 1/2 inches at the bottom. Inside the violin it reads "Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremonae anno 17 (below the 17 is inked in 1744". There is also a cross with "IHS" below it. The violin is in very good condition and appears to be pretty old. In fact, it looks like it has its orginal gut strings on it!

: Thank you
: Fred Carpenter

You may want to take this to an appraisal shop to make sure that it is an original, as there were several good German copies made in the early 1800s. I have a replica that was made between 1800-1810 and is worth $2000-$3000, so either way you've got a find!

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