It's a violin. Gagliano feadinan ih Im fils de Nicola Naples 1756
It was passed down from my mother. And pasted down to her
Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. It is quite hard to get a clear impression of the age of this violin or the violin itself. The likelihood that this is a genuine italian instrument by Gagliano is rather slim. Most violins bear labels by famous violin makers but were manufactured in Markneukirchen or the Vogland / bohemia in the style of e.g. Stradiarius (sic!) Gagliano Ferdinan (sic!) etc. Lithographic prints of these paper labels were availabe in large sheets, on one side "italian makers", on the back side "french makers". These facsimile violins from Markneukirchen can be of good quality, but most would sell in the low hundreds. If in fact the instrument in your possession was stolen, it would have only value to the owner.