Early 20th century fiddle

Nov 22, 2020. 22:14 UTC
Early 20th Century Fiddle
Terri
United States of America

Acquired from
Inherited

For sale
Yes
Description

A very old violin or fiddle with original case. Strings are still attached. 2 of the wands w/strings attached.

Provenance

It came from my Grandfather. I would guess it to be at least 50 years old.

Answered within 3 days
Nov 25, 19:36 UTC
By Trey

Fair Market Value

$100 - $200 USD

Insurance Value

$300 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. Based on the photographs and description provided, the subject of this appraisal is a fiddle by an unknown maker, circa early 20th century, with a wooden case and two bows.

The fiddle features painted embellishments and inlays, and shows extensive playwear. A significant split is present on the top at one of the f-holes, indicating storage in sub-optimal conditions.

According to the current owner, the piece was acquired via inheritance.

Comparable fiddles from the early 1900s routinely sell via secondhand resellers such as reverb.com in the $200 to $300 price range without the splitting issue noted here. In consideration of the factors described, a Fair Market Value (pre-auction estimate) of this piece would be estimated at $100 to $200.

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