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Early 19th century Gusetto style fiddle. Flame shape sound holes, narrow waist, high arching.   An interesting and well made violin circa 1780. Found in Italy during WW11 by the chauffer  of a General whilst in Rome. Just hanging in a shop window.
 
Early 19th century Gusetto style fiddle. Flame shape sound holes, narrow waist,  Carved leaf back carving.
 
Circa 1780 narrow body, chequered edging. Folk hand made instrument.              1920s Czechoslovakian flat back practice violin.. Screw tuners.
  
 

An electric frame violin, looks to be 1940s. Possibly a prototype . With a twin pole magnetic pick up. No makers name but probably German.

 

 Various mute or practice skeleton violins (below) Made for professional violinist to practice techniques without disturbing the neighbours. 1850-1920s

   
 
Frame or practice mute violin late 19th century. Made of maple
 
A Mannby practice violin with cut markers for fingering  on the fingerboard.

See also:-

Hardanger Fiddles   Pochette and kit violins    Metal violins   Decorated violins   Unusual violas   Fakes  Mute violins    Early violins
 

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