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Confirmed Original 4/4 18th Cnty Ca 1760 Richard Duke London Original Wax Seal For Sale
CONFIRMED ORIGINAL 4/4 18TH CNTY CA 1760 RICHARD DUKE LONDON ORIGINAL WAX SEAL
Our merchandise is old and used, as are all antiques and vintage items giving them theirETERNAL appreciating value. Because of this they are sold as found. We will describe items to the best of our ability and will not !!! intentionally !!!misrepresent just for a sale.We list the defects, problems and imperfections we see from our visual inspections, but we do sometimes mistakenly overlook an issue (if this is the case we take responsibility for shipping reimbursement).Please look at the pictures for condition and email us with any questions before offerding. All items are sold AS IS. We are happy to combine shipping.
This is an original all hand carved and assembled circa 1760 Richard Duke hand made 4/4 Violin. It is extremely Rare and rarer in that it has the wax seal on the button above the name DUKELONDON. The wax seal is barely legible but it might state something like Londini, fecit 1760. If you can make out the letter and are kind enough to let me know Iwill post it on the listing so that the community will be informed. This 4/4 must of belong to an a member of an orchestra as the blackening around the string was caused by friction between string and bow, like brake drums from a sports car blackening the wheels. I would consider this an asset and have not done anything to remove it and recommend that the new owner should do the same. There is a chip to the wood piece in picture # 11. Iam quoting information Ifound on the internet and will also provide the link to authenticate this Master Piece
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"Duke, Richard. A maker in London about 1750-80. He made excellent copies of Stradivari
and Amati instru- ments, and not quite such good ones of Stainer. Genuine instruments of
his are very fine, but unfortunately his name was often made_ use of in extremely poor
specimens. His violins and violoncellos were of rather a long pattern, very arched,
with yellow varnish, their tone was very good ; some of his tenors are a little short in
length but very broad, so as to obtain a large deep tone ; the result is good, although
the two lower strings might be more powerful. Labels : " Richard Duke, Londini, fecit 1760";
similar ones dated 1767 and 1769 ; " Richard Duke, maker, Holborn, London, anno 1768 " ;
another dated 1777. These two labels were generally written in ink. He also used a printed
label : " Richard Duke, maker, near opposite Great Turn-Stile, Holbourn, London."
IS EXPENSIVE AND DIFFICULT TO CALCULATE AS WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE ITEM WILL SELL FOR (INSURANCE) NOR WHERE THE NEW OWNER LIVES. THE PRICE TO MAIL SOMETHING ON THE EAST COAST IN COMPARISON TO SENDING TO THE WEST COAST VARIES GREATLY. MY POSTED SHIPPING PRICE IS FOR EAST COAST DELIVERIES (500 MILES WITH IN DC) AND DOES INCLUDE INSURANCE. IF THE SHIPPING PRICE IS GREATER THEN WHAT IS POSTED IT IS UP TO WINNING buyer TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM CANCELING A SALE IF YOU’RE NOT HAPPY WITH THE FINAL SHIPPING PRICE
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Confirmed Original 4/4 18th Cnty Ca 1760 Richard Duke London Original Wax Seal: $1,177