Violin/Vuillaume aParis


I am interested in finding out about a violin I have purchased thinking it was something else.  The violin has a stamp on the back that says Vuillaume aParis as in the attached picture.  The seller says it is made in Austria.  
Do you know anything about this piece?  is it from Austria?  when it may have been made and a value if possible?

Thank you for your time,

ANSWER: Hi Audrey

These instruments were made around 1900 in Czechoslovakia or Germany and are what we call "trade violins".  They were made in factory settings and were produced in large numbers. In an 1895 C. G. Conn of New York catalog, they sold for $10.00 - $11.50 depending on the model.  This was about average for trade instruments of the time. Some sold for as little as $2.00 and others of very high quality sold for over $25.00. Ones like your today retail at a violin shop in the $1000-1500 range. To get a closer idea of actual value of your specific violin, an in person evaluation will need to be done to access the specific quality and condition.

These were not made in Austria, Vuillaume worked in Paris and only there.


I also meant to list Mirecourt France as one of the main factory locations and that is probably where your violin was made.

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QUESTION: Did they have 2 different stamps?  The ones I've seen online are on 3 lines with an accent on the a where as this one has only e lines with no accent on the a and the a is not a separate word as it should be...

Nittengale stamp
Nittengale stamp  

a Paris stamp
a Paris stamp  
There were a number of different firms that made these, some also had a triangular stamp on the button that said "trade mark". See attached pics.  Vuillaume never branded any of his instruments on the outside of the violin.  This type of marking was done to denote a model and was used in many forms.  Different firms stamped Conservatory, Artist, Stainer, Hopf, Concert and many, many more.


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