In transit from Bulgaria 3-18
Condition: Needs restoration. Visible from the pictures.
Length of the whole piece: 60 cm
Additional measures: see the pics
Marked Josef Guarnierius Fecit Cremonae anno 1734
IHS (with cross above).
One piece back.
There are pictures of the inside label.
I am not a violin expert. The only thing I can say is that
the label is obviously of the old type laid paper, which was
used before 1850, as the fibers are visible.
Labels on classical instruments from before around 1850
were mostly made of laid paper. Handmade in a laborious
process, laid paper uses linen fibers taken from recycled
rags. The rags were sorted according to color, then broken
down into fibers and set into a water bath. The wet fibers
were then put into a wire sieve which allowed the water to
drain out and the fibers to dry. The imprint of the wire
sieve formed lines called “chains” or “laid lines” on the
surface of the paper. This resulting grid of intersecting
lines is especially visible when dust settles on the labels
placed between the high ribs.
The printing was also done by hand with lead type, set
with pressure onto the paper. Because laid paper has a
certain natural resistance to water, little ink would run on
the paper surface, and the printing typically possesses a
crisp, clean outline.
Neck was knocked loose in shipment, no damage, thank the Lord.
Saves me the effort.
Soaking the glue off with a damp rag, per my mentor's
All clean, will protect the edges with a board
After glue and clamp new (old) Rosewood fingerboard
Top crack sealed
Varnish cleaner applied, will leave all the rest of the patina
on this one
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