Here is a nice Antique Jacobus Stainer Model Violin (not a real Jacobus Stainer violin) from Germany for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift or keep for yourself!
This violin has a label in it that says "Jacobus Stainer in Absam, Prope Oenipontum 1636" on it. The violin is a reproduction and was not made by Jacobus Stainer and certainly not made in 1636. Probably made in the latter 1800s and was made at one of the better luthier houses based upon the quality of construction. Not a mass produced violin here.
The pictures do not do justice to the beauty of this violin. The violin has a one piece soundboard and two piece back. Some finish loss to the belly most notably on right upper bout. Nice golden brown stain on the entire violin. Some finish loss around the edges. Wear and tear from being over 100 years old.
Nice inlaid wood purfling, f hole, and scroll work. The corner blocks are in place. The beaks look good. The fingerboard has no ridging that would impede string play. The four tuning pegs are in place. The soundboard and back are tightly glued to the sides, no separations to report.
A few hairlines on the top that appear to have been repaired sometime in the past. Most notable ones are in the upper bout left and right sides, and lower bout far left side and right lower bout. A couple of tacks on the back down by the end peg and another on the back up by the nut. Seam on the back has opened up a little bit down by the end peg.
The sound post is up and in place. Nice two piece back on this fiddle with beautiful maple "tiger" striping. Some finish loss on the back, most notably on the raised part. The purfling is inlay, not painted on. The chin rest, nut, and tailpiece come with the violin. Tuner box has the original tuner peg holes, no hairlines, cracks, or repairs. Nice brown wood tuner pegs that match with graining (so not ebony). The neck is securely attached to the body of the violin.
The violin is 23.25" long, by 7-15/16" across at the lower bout and 6-5/16" across at the upper bout. The violin body is 14" long.
We acquired this violin with a nice eight sided shaft violin bow, unmarked maker. The violin bow still has a nice finish on it. The bow is marked "Germany" under the frog. Has both cat eyes in place. Adjuster screw made of ebony and a silver colored metal moves freely. The violin bow is 29-1/8" long and weighs 1.9 ounces. No horsehair on the bow.
Chin rest and an old string still in bag also inside the case. Says "Primavera" on the bridge.
The violin comes in an older Liften hard case that shows some minor wear and tear. The latches all work and top securely attached to the base. A handle is still on the case.
This musical instrument is not represented to be in playing condition. There will need to be refurbishing done to make this instrument playable again. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures.
The pictures provided both complement and supplement the listing description, so please look at them very closely as well. With old items, there is no way one can capture all the little imperfections of antique items in words, so the two media are meant to be the full description.
Make sure that this musical instrument meets your needs and requirements before deciding to acquire it and you have reached your own opinion as to this violin's maker and authenticity. The item can be returned, there is a 10% restocking fee to do so.
So, please carefully review all the attached pictures, ask all the questions you have, come see in person or send a friend to see the item on your behalf, prior to deciding to acquire it. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
Strings are in place, you should expect to have to replace them. The strings and tailpiece can be removed to be able to more safely ship this violin to you (Decision to leave in place or take down is up to you). So, expect some reassembly.
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