Instruments with facsimile
labels are very common.
The practice of putting facsimile labels in violins dates
back to the 17th century.
The most common of these labels bear the names of
Stradivarius, Amati, Guarnerius, and Stainer.
In most cases, these labels were not meant to defraud,
but to identify an instrument as being a copy of the
maker's model. Most copies are not at all like the
Some instruments with facsimile labels may be excellent
instruments in their own right.
However, many thousands of lesser grade student
instruments from Germany and Czechoslovakia also have
Some instruments with facsimile labels may appear to be
The appearance of age is not proof of authenticity, nor
is an instrument necessarily valuable because it is old.
Example of facsimile label