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Vintage Violins – $1000 – $2999
Below are our vintage violins – click an image to view a larger version, and details on each violin.
VN 1490 ($1200)
A German Trade Violin circa 1950.
VN 1464 ($1350)
A German violin circa 1950. $1350.
VN 1489 ($1395)
A German Violin Labelled 'Joh Bapt. Schweitzer'.
VN 1331 ($1495)
A Czech violin circa 1950 of an amber varnish. The one piece back has a few usage marks but the violin is in otherwise sound condition. Like many of these mid European violins of this era, this instrument has a strong and even tone which could satisfy even advanced players, This would be an ideal “second” violin for a good player who occasionally performs at “Open Air” functions. The violin is fitted with “Tonica” strings.
VN 1329 ($1500)
A German violin circa 1950 labelled “Hopf” The Amber spirit varnish is in good overall condition. The violin is based on the Stradivari model with beautifully cut f holes and finely inlaid purfling, all typical of the good German workmanship of the Hopf School. This violin is fitted with “Wittner Fine Tune” pegs for ease of tuning and the sound very much suits the fitted Dominant strings.
VN 1492 ($1650)
A German violin labelled "Gaspar Da Salo"
VN 1411 ($1800) Recently Sold
This German made violin of about 1900 and labelled “Antonius Stradivarius” is made with a good choice of materials. The two piece back is highly of flamed maple of an almost parallel figuring. The top is of opened grain spruce with a slight wave on the upper treble bout. A repair to the f hole on the treble side can be observed, but it has been cleverly executed and does not detract from the appearance of this handsome instrument. The varnish is a light golden brown and the tone is dark and powerful.
VN 1493 ($1895)
A European violin circa 1940
VN 1382 ($1950) Recently Sold
A Bavarian violin circa 1900. $1950
VN 1457 ($1995)
A German violin circa 1950. This is a sound, well built, mid 20th century instrument and would suit a player moving up from their first size instrument. The two piece back is made of well flamed maple and the quality spruce top is nicely grained. This violin has a powerful and quality sound typical of the good German violins of this period. This violin is also fitted Whittner fine tune pegs.
VN 1451 ($2200)
German Trade c 1900. $2200
VN 1386 ($2200)
A German violin circa 1900.A robust instrument of a rich dark colour and there are no cracks at all. The back has a medium figure rising from the centre joint. An ideal advanced student instrument.
VN 1442 ($2400)
A Violin of European origin circa 1900. The two piece back is of moderately flamed maple and has a nice patena constant with many years of usage. Similarly the subdued golden varnish of the top shows a similar patena of usage but the instrument is in good overall condition and structurally sound. The pattern is loosely based on Guareri and the violin has been fitted with Wittner Fine Tune pegs and Eva Pirazzi strings.
VN 1450 ($2450) (Sold)
A European violin circa 1890. $2450.
VN 1410 ($2500)
A good German violin circa 1880. The one piece back is nicely flamed and although there are a few age marks, the reddish brown varnish is still in a good state of preservation. The varnish on the top shows a little more wear than the back and gives this instrument a very attractive and classical patina. The scroll is sharp and well executed and shows the hand of a good craftsman. This instrument is very similar to the German made “Duke” copies and the tone is sweet rather than powerful.
VN 1408 ($2500)
A saxon violin (Germany) circa 1900. This instrument has a fine one piece back with superbly figured maple. The ribs are also made of well flamed maple and the scroll and neck are made of similar fine wood that has clearly been specially chosen for this instrument. The honey coloured varnish is in a good state of preservation. This handsome instrument is fitted with Tonica strings.
VN 1452 ($2500)
VN 1323 ($2500)
A good German violin circa 1900. The two piece back is nicely flamed and although there are a few age marks, the reddish brown varnish is still in a good state of preservation. The varnish on the top shows a little more wear than the back and gives this instrument a very attractive and classical patina. The scroll is sharp and well executed and shows the hand of an experienced craftsman. Similarly the fine and narrowly spaced purfling is more reminiscent of fine Italian instruments. This violin is fitted with “Wittner Fine Tune” pegs and Tonica strings.
VN 1448 ($2500)
German early 20th century $2500
VN 1445 ($2500) Recently Sold
A French violin circa 1849 labelled “Nicolas Vuillaume”. This violin is based on the Maggini pattern complete with double purfling and what is come to be known as the ‘‘Maggini scroll’’ with the double volute. However the double volute is not attributed to Maggini himself but to French copies of Maggini made at Mirecourt in the mid-19th century. This fashion which may in fact have originated from the Vuillaume workshops. This violin is a good example a mid-nineteenth century French workshop instrument, with a wonderful tone that would eminently suit an accomplished violinist. These Mirecourt instrument represent excellent value for money at the moment and need to be seriously considered before prices start to rise.
VN 1392 ($2500)
A Bavarian violin circa 1850 with a Frankfurt based repairers label dated 1896. Evidence of old repairs can be seen but the instrument is in sound condition playable condition with dark brown oil varnish. The scroll is neat and well formed with nicely cut volutes which shows the hand of a good craftsman. This is a nice semi-professional instrument and would suit nay one looking for a mid-nineteenth century European violin at a modest price. This instrument has been fitted with “Wittner Fine Tune Pegs” and Tonica strings.
VN 1321 ($2500)
A German violin circa 1890. $2500
VN 1479 ($2500)
A good German violin c 1920. $2500
VN 1378 ($2500)
A French violin circa 1840 labelled “Nicolas Vuillaume” This violin is based on the Maggini pattern complete with double purfling and what is come to be known as the “Maggini scroll” with the double volute. However the double volute is not attributed to Maggini himself but to French copies of Maggini made at Mirecourt in the mid 19th century. This fashion which may in fact have originated from the Vuillaume worshops. This violin is a good example a mid nineteenth century French workshop instrument, with a wonderful tone that would eminently suit an accomplished violinist. These Mirecourt instruments represent excellent value for money at the moment and need to be seriously considered before prices start to rise.
VN 1368 ($2500)
A Czech violin circa 1920. $2500
VN 1383 ($2500)
A Dresden violin circa 1900.
VN 1318 ($2600)
A German violin circa 1920. $2600
VN 1425 ($2650)
German trade violin circa 1930. $2650
VN 1477 ($2650)
A French trade violin circa 1890. $2650.
VN 1472 ($2650)
A German violin c 1900. $2650.
VN 1319 ($2750)
A French violin circa 1920. $2750
VN 1470 ($2750)
Very Interesting European Violin labelled 'Maggini' circa 1900.
VN 1446 ($2800)
A Fine violin from the acclaimed Czech violin maker Ladislav Prokop who had an established business at Churdim. Ladislav Prokop was the son of Franz Dominic Prokop and he established his business at Churdim (Bohemia) in 1876, where he worked until 1925. This instrument which was made in 1907 is finished in a reddish brown oil varnish, and although there are unmistakeable signs of continuous use over the past 100 years the violin remains in good condition. This maker produced violins with a strong clear tone and this instrument is no exception.
VN 1437 ($2850)
A fine German violin circa 1900 labelled “Stradivarius”. This violin demonstrates the fine craftsmanship of the German workshops from this period. The materials are well chosen, the back is made with beautifully flamed European maple, and the top is of fine graduated European spruce. The scroll is handsome, the purfling is fine and well executed, and the reddish brown oil varnish over a golden ground is in excellent state of preservation. The arching of this instrument is flat which, combined with the other features of this fine violin, combine to produce a very beautiful tone.
VN 1380 ($2950)
A French violin circa 1880. $2950
VN 1436 ($2950)
A French violin circa 1900 labelled Le Cesar CH. U. Paris with a nicely famed one piece back and a two piece top of nicely grained quarter cut spruce. These instruments were made by Thibouville-Lamy in Mirecourt around the turn of the 20th century and are considered to be high quality French trade instruments. There is evidence of two professionally repaired cracks on the table but these do not detract from the overall appearance of this handsome instrument, however these repairs are reflected in the asking price. The varnish is light orange on a golden ground and the tone is large and full.