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Violin that has printed inside it Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis facebat Anno 1715, has anyone else come across one of these

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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Hello I have a violin with inside it says Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Facebat Anno 1715, has anyone else come across one as I would love to date it, thanks, Trevor in Ireland

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
      Not a real Since well before the turn of the twentieth century, manufacturers of violins, often nestled in the valleys of southern as well as western and eastern Germany, were producing tens of thousands of violins annually, labeled "Antonius Stradiuarius, Cremonenfis Faciebat Anno 17 " and had a circular embellishment on these labels which included a cross above the initials "A" and "S". More often than not, the last two digits of the date were penciled or inked in by hand. Sometimes it was left blank.

      These manufacturers, housed in such towns as "Bubenreuth", "Mittenwald", " Markneukirchen" to mention a few, mass produced these violins, in part by hand or completely by machine, and, until 1957, labeled them exactly as the master did. After that date, the words "Copy of" were often included on the labels.

      They were also made world-wide in such places as Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, England and elsewhere.

      Millions of these instruments exist today.

      Antonio, along with his sons are believed to have made more than 1,100 instruments during his lifetime of which roughly 512 violins are thought to still remain, depending on who you're asking.

      It is also known that many were destroyed either by fire, accident, lost at sea or floods, during the fire-bombing of Dresden, etc., which leaves virtually none unaccounted for.
    2. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Great answer Mani, you did a really nice job with that!
    3. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      I would like to add though that even tho it may not, obviously, be authentic, does not mean the violin you have is worthless at all. Just wanted to say that too.
    4. TLyons TLyons, 3 years ago
      Greatings from the Kingdom of Kerry, wow thanks for all that info, your spot on the 15 at the end of 1715 is written in pencil, thanks a million to clear it up for me, really interesting to read all you posted, thanks again manikin, and thanks to shareurpassion for input aswell

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