Friday, May 14, 2004

Just Came Into the Office -- Anybody Know About It?

A client brought in a violin. The body is very old and finished in a maroon color. The chin rest, strings, string-holder (don't know the technical name) and neck are replacements made of plastic. Inside is an old discolored label.It's either paper, or a very thin slice of wood, that matches the inside grain and color of the violin. It reads:

Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonenfis
Faciebat Anno 1716

On the bottom right-hand corner there's a small logo, two circles, inside which is a Cross flanked by the letters "A" and "S".

So, do we have a hoax, or something that needs to go in the vault? Anybody want to help us find the right person to examine it?

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