Welcome to our Auction!T is an interesting story about this old violin. I was told, many many years ago, that t was a young couple who farmed the land in the Midwest . In the evenings, after a long day in the fields, the wife would play her violin for her husband as they relaxed after dinner. The farmer knew his wifeâe(tm)s deepest wish was to own a Stradivarius. Sadly, being simple people living by farming the land, he felt a deep sorrow that he would never be able to fulfill his wifeâe(tm)s desire. The years passed, and their farm grew comfortably prosperous. Even so, the cherished Stradivarius was still far beyond reach. Then the farmer, no longer a young man, heard that t was a copy made of the Stradivarius violin. With excitement, and aid from his church, he found one and was able to purchase it. He presented this violin was to his wife on Christmas day. I was told, she played it nightly until her passing. This was the story I was told so very many years ago. Whether itâe(tm)s fancy or fact ~~~ I do not know ~~~ but it is sweet. We have had this violin for many years. We do not play and so decided to find a new home for it. We have not done any repairs nor have we cleaned it other than carefully dusting it for fear we would harm it. We took many photoâe(tm)s ~ not being sure what would be of importance in listing an item like this. T are strings missing, the thingie that holds the strings up is broken off (see potogrpah of the piece) and t is a small scrape on one edge (see closeup photograph). The bow (?) has loose strings. Inside the violin is printed "Copy of Antonius Stradivarius. Made in Germany." Also, what looks to be hand written was "1720" See photos. The violin measures from top to bottom 23 1/2 inches. The body measures 14 inches tall by 8 inches at its widest point. The case, which we were told was the original case that the violin came in, is 30 3/4 inches long by 9 1/2 inches wide. The handle of the case has some damage ~ see photos. Shipping: As soon as we see the payment is received, the item is shipped the same day, if possible. If the post office is already closed, the item goes out first thing the next morning. Once in the hands of the post office, we, of course, can not control how swiftly it moves through the mail. We also offer combined shipping, so please write for rates. East Coast ~ Tri-State Area Ebayers ~~~ Pick up can be arranged. Payment: PayPal only. If that is impossible for you, please write us before you place a bid, and we can discuss it. Please make payment within 3 days after the auction ends. If circumstances prohibit this, write and let us know. As long as t is communication, all will be well. If you are not completely satisfied, we offer a 3 day ~ purchase price cash back ~ return policy. We are emptying out the âeoeold trunkâe and will be listing coins, books, and collectables steadily throughout the next coming weeks. You are welcome to come by and take a look! If you have any questions, just drop us a note, we will be happy to respond. Thank you for stopping by!