VALUATING AND AUTHENTICATING
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Research on an old English violin, made in London
Puzzle of an old violin, possibly Viennese, possibly Italian?
Determining the value of an instrument is often necessary for insurance purposes before the start of the insurance term. This is relatively easy when maker, ‘birthplace’ and ‘year-of-birth’ are known. Also for personal reasons an investigation into the history of your instrument can be started.
You might be playing with the thought of selling your instrument and you would like to know the actual (market) value or even for insurance purposes.
When the above mentioned characteristics are not known to you, we could try to authenticate the instrument and find maker, origin and year of making. This however is not an exact science and can be very time consuming.
Luckily we have the opportunity of dating wood with dendrochronology. Dendrochronology is the analysis of tree growth rings.
The top plate in particular is very useful using this technique – when no great damage disturbs the sequence of growth rings of the top plate.
We can also offer this service, but it is not without cost and therefore may not be useful for every instrument. You are most welcome to contact us if you have any questions and we will try to help you as best we can.