Tony's Antique Violin

Aug 02, 2022. 13:24 UTC
Tony's Antique Violin
United States of America

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This Violin was bequeathed to me from my Great Grandmother who bequeathed it to her. It has a name on the interior of Nicolas Amalfi & dated 1769.


It is approximately 22 1/2" in length & at the base of the violin about 8" across.


It has been passed down in my family & my great Grandmother played violin.

Answered within about 9 hours
Aug 02, 22:33 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$200 - $400 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$450 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Anthony,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Labels on the inside of violins are notoriously unreliable - this website does a good job of explaining it ( I strongly suspect that this is a copy though without examining it in person, or playing it, it is difficult to know more specifically if this is an original. I have valued this based on the most likely assumption that it is a copy; if it were an original, the value would be in the six or even 7 figures.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

An antique full sized violin
School of Nicholaus Amati
Italian, 18th or 19th Century
With spruce front (back?), ebony finger board, tuning pegs and chin rest, banding to the edges, hand-written paper label to the inside marked "Nicolas Amati / Cremona Fecit 1769"
22 1/2 inches overall length, greatest width 8 inches
CONDITION: with wear and losses from age and use.
PROVENANCE: inherited
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

Anthony rowe Aug 03, 04:27 UTC

Inside the violin, there is a handwritten label. It reads as follows. Nicolas Amafi
Cremona Feaf 1769

Delia Aug 03, 22:52 UTC

Could it say "Nicholaus Amati"? and could "Feaf" by "Fecit"?

Anthony rowe Aug 04, 01:53 UTC

I uploaded (3) additional photos. It Clearly says "Nicolas Amafi", however the Feaf could possibly be "Fecit'. Please review new photos.

Anthony rowe Aug 04, 02:17 UTC

The "f" in Amafi may also be a "t", therefore it would read "Nicolas Amati"

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