Nailing Down That Attribution

Carletti signature

Understandably, violin makers like to be credited. The usual strategy is to put in a label under the left f-hole, and this violin has that. Just to be safe, Mr. Carletti also signed the top.

N Carletti LabelThen, to be sure, he put another label on the upper block, visible only through the end pin hole. He didn’t put brands all over the inside of his violin, but that’s commonly done by some makers.



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