I have a violin which has been in my family since @ 1920. it has no cracks and the back is solid, not bookmatched. the label inside is printed ANTONIUS STRATIVARIS CREMONENTIS and below that is FACIENAT ANNO 17, and then hand written in ink beside the 17 is the number 36. there is a small double circle with. a cross and the letters below of A S. I would like to know if it is worth preserving and if so where i would go for an appraisal. thanks.
a local music store restrung it for me and suggested that i get it appraised. they said it was in excellent condition.
Hello,My name is XXXXX XXXXX X'll be pleased to help you with this question.Your violin is a workshop copy of a Stradivarius, made in one of the factories in Markneukirchen or Mittenwald, Germany around the turn of the 20th century. MAny factories in both cities turned these out for export to the US. They were sold through mail order catalogs, like Sears. They are still considered to be good student instruments today (not for concert performers).If your violin is in excellent condition, with very good tone, its current retail (replacement or insurance) value is approximately $1,000. If you were to sell it, you could expect to get the fair market (private sale or auction) value of approximately 40% of the retail amount.Now, if you still want to have it appraised in person, please let me know the closest large city to you and I"ll find qualified appraisers for you.I hope this answer has been helpful to you. Thanks for using Just Answer!
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