... and sometimes not.
I had hoped to have more to say about this label, and the fiddle it was attached to.
I liked the neat handwriting. It appears to me to read: Matthias Kofler, Salzburg 1910.
A little research on the internet, and I found, well, nothing of use. Apparently there was a Kofler, or Kofler family, making violins in the mid- to late-1800s. But I couldn't find any Kofler. So I don't know. It could be a completely fake label.
The violin itself appeared to be a decent, upper-middle-class violin. I had it on the bench at the Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp last month. Some glueing and a new bridge. Grabbed a couple snapshots.
The body, with a couple clamps, next to my fancy gluepot.
The scroll was tidy, though with a couple pegbox breaks that had been previously repaired.
It had been a wallhanger for a few years, the cord around the scroll's neck was part of its hanging. Now, with a new bridge, new tailpiece, and new strings, it's being played again. From what I've heard from the owner, she's happy with it.
But I still don't know who Matthias Kofler was.