Yesterday, a customer brought in a violin he bought not too long ago. Appears to be a typical late 19th-century early 20th-century Maggini-labeled factory fiddle. The immediate repair was to replace the endpin, which had rotted to the breaking point. Ended up putting in some new pegs and glueing a couple of open seams.
So the fiddle, double-purfled front and back. Almost an extra turn in the scroll. The label reads
Giovan paulo Maggini / brefcia 1654(?)
No country of origin on the label. All fairly typical for this sort of instrument.
But there is a second label, a repair label.
The repair label reads --
BY ----- Robert Ballot
Boise, Idaho, March 1913
The fiddle must have been fairly new at the time, so who knows what repairs were needed.
At the top of the label, in later ballpoint pen, is
Repr. Jack Blakely 1949
Bok (?) 2223 Casper Wyo.
The instrument now, in 2019, shows several repairs to the top. I did not take the fiddle down enough to look for any other labels under the top, and the owner returned today, paid, which I truly appreciate, and took possession of it, which I also appreciate.
Given that the label was fairly far south of the f-hole, and I was shooting with my iPhone, I could not get the entire label in one shot. Here are a few images that you can use to piece it together in your head.
Neither name was familiar to me, so I did a bit of poking around.
From the Amati site,