This is not an original Ruggeri violin, but a reproduction model made sometime later than when this great luthier was making musical instruments. The violin has a label in it that says, "Francefco Ruggeri dett il per Cremona l'anno 1663". This violin is most likely of German origination, not Italian. Even as a reproduction model, it is a beautiful violin.This violin was done by a reputable luthier shop, not some mass manufactured piece out of Germany. The pictures do not do justice to the beauty of this violin. Beautiful inlaid purfling on this violin. The violin has a two piece soundboard and two piece back. Nice golden brown stain on the of the entire violin. Some minor finish loss and minor nicks over the years to the body of the violin. Look at the pictures of the soundboard/belly very closely in zoom mode to see what we are describing. Two hairlines on the belly, one running from the saddle up for about 3.5 and then one on the lower left bout that goes from the bottom of the violin to the lower left beak.
So belly will need some repair attention. The tuning pegs, tailpiece, and end peg are very well done on this violin. The back of the violin is quite intact and just beautiful.Some finish loss along the edges and on the back and on the lower part where laying against someone's shoulder. Nice inlaid double purfling on the front and back. Beautiful f hole, and scroll work. The corner blocks are in place. The fingerboard has some finish loss, but no ridging that would impede string play.
The four tuning pegs are in place. The soundboard and back are tightly glued to the sides, no separations to report. The sound post is in place.
The maple back's finish has a translucent look to it when you view it, nice tiger striping. The purfling appears to all be in place. The neck is securely attached to the body of the violin. No repairs to the neck, tuner box or tuner peg holes. No cracks or splits there.
The scroll on the end of the neck is very well done. The belly and back of the violin are still securely glued to the sides. Beaks show some minor wear. The violin is 23.25" long, by 8-1/8" across at the lower bout and 6-9/16 across at the upper bout.
The violin body is 14 long. There is also a violin bow that is marked Josef Richter. The ebony frog is intact. The mother of pearl eyes are in place on both sides. Mother of pearl bottom of frog in place.
Some finish loss to the bow shaft, no cracks or repairs. Leather winding is getting brittle. Bow will need to be rehaired. Bow weighs 2.1 ounces and is 20 in length.The violin is a nice looking hard case. The case is faux leather made to look like alligator skin.
Shows some minor wear to the outside finish. Inside red material still in good condition. No key for the case. The violin will be securely wrapped in the case as well as on the outside to make sure it gets thru safely to you. The violin comes with a tailpiece and the end pin is in place as well.
This musical instrument is not represented to be in playing condition. There will need to be refurbishing done to make this instrument playable again.
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The seller is "hallboys321" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.