In great shape this violin is worth about $400, possibly more if it's in outstanding condition. But with so many cracks and scratches, I suggested to the client to "celebrate" the rough road the fiddle has traveled with his uncle and preserve the scratches bumps and bruises as a badge of honor.
As a genuine antique from Europe, it's certainly worth repairing it to make it playable and put it in good shape to use. But is probably not worth a full restoration which would probably require a new top plate. Hence the diamond shaped patches in cedar shown in the last photo.
The neck is on, the plate cracks are patched, soon to varnish...
Stainer label inside.
|lots of residue from old repairs|
|Several severe cracks repaired.|
|Cedar diamond patches "celebrate" the journey.|