Here’s the label inside my son’s new violin. We’ve been thinking that this is not a label that someone would fake, because Taningard is not well enough known. The specs of this violin all point to it being an 18th century violin — for one thing, we’ve found that the wood is only 2 millimeters thick.

Bonus: The photo on the right is of the c. 1850 bridge. It says “Aubert A Mirecourt France.” We’re told that this is a primo bridge. Our luthier, Stephen Davy, has laid in a supply of them, in case this one ever cracks. Not sure if we’d take him up on the offer, because it’s an expensive bridge (as far as bridges go).

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