It is an heirloom btw. More photos coming as soon as I can manage. They do vary in quality. No case, it disintegrated years ago. A lone (perhaps who knows) surviving Oliver Ditson import from Germany.
A wandering abrasion from the original chin bracket. A distinct crack and surface marring is visible at the tail-end reverse. Also the minor surface abrasion on its front - this violin is easily over 100 years old. This not an Amati obviously.
It however, is a very respectable copy of an Amati. The Brompton's Book of Violin & Bow Makers.D, Julius Born 1866 Markneukirchen Germany. This is indeed a very rare. There are likely only a handful of these in existance. Quite possibly less, maybe 2 or 3, I've gathered through my years of wondering and searching. Especially with such a mostly flawless, what looks to be, the silk-smooth original topside. There is a sound post. The chin rest and tailpiece are not original, I know that much. Has a mostly fine original finish with. One-piece back and a light maple body. HEBERLEIN, Julius Born 1866 Markneukirchen Germany.
A full-sized late late 1800's/early 1900s relic in the vicinity of 125 yrs old (to me, it seems to figure to probably at least be). Up to about 135 years ago. Oliver Ditson began importing them as early as the late 1880s. Incredible to many, I'm finding out, Stradivari was a student of Amati Amati d.
Made by Julius of the renown Heberlein family of legendary luthiers from Markneukirchen. When constructing a reproduction instrument his construction is mostly unrivaled. I have read that luthier Julius Heberlein was especially reknown for his accurate violin reproductions.
Very interestingly It has been said that Stradivari inscribed: "made by an apprentice of Andrea Amati" inside his first violin. He was in fact a student of Andrea Amati b. 1578 over 440 years ago. His father Nicolo Amati was born in 1508, over 500 years ago.
Even as an approximately 115 to 125 year old copy, I think Amati is quite a fortunate lineage to have chosen as a faithful reproduction. It features an outstanding one-piece back which to me is preferable. Nice continuity from my own perspective. Philadelphia the third city name, after New York and Boston on the label visible thru the f-hole has been (the label) has been neatly cut out. Someone probably long gone, carried the secret with them.
In the mid to late1800s, then world-reknown importer Oliver Ditson had locations in Boston, New York & Philly. This item is in the category "Antiques\Musical Instruments (Pre-1930)\String". The seller is "portraitsfromspace" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.