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Treasure Hunt 9/6/2018


09/12/18



 Dear Donna,

I’m interested in your thoughts; I played this violin from the age of 7 to 11. I’m almost 51 now and thought you may be able help with any information. What I know is that the violin is a Stradivarius, 23 inches in length and a sticker on the inside reads it was repaired by John G. Herrick from Weare N.H. in October 1915.
I’m not sure if the two mother of pearl inlaid bows are from the same period and if the case came with the instrument. Any information you may have would be greatly appreciated.
John
 
Dear John,
I have to say this is not really something I know a lot about. I do know this. If it is a real Stradivarius then you have yourself a real treasure. But I think you will have to get more than my insight to confirm it.
Let’s start here: Stradivarius were never marked as such. If there is a tag inside the violin that says Stradivarius and possibly some numbers as well, then yours was one made later and false tags were placed inside to make people believe they were the real thing. You can still find many around today. It was a great selling strategy.
If you do some in-depth research, you will find out lots more about violins in general. Even if it isn’t a Stradivarius, that doesn’t mean it’s not valuable. Lots of antique violins can bring lots of money, depending on the maker and condition.
My suggestion is to have it looked at by a violin specialist. Antique violins can can run around $100 for common ones, and in the $1,000-plus range for rare ones.
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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