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Tennessee - Appalachia antique homemade violin

Cigar box Violins seem to have been really common about 80 years ago in the Appalachia region of the United States. Here is another one that I have found photos of on eBay that the seller said came from the Tennessee area.  I am not sure of the exact age of this violin, but the varnish crackle leads me to believe it's about a 100 years old.

These homemade viloins seem to have been super common in the hills and suring area of Appalachia.
The going price for started at $425.00 on eBay, so there is value for these old instruments too.

It's hard to tell from these photos, but enlarged you can see that this homemade violin is craved with flowers and designs all through out the body, it's a really neat piece of Americana.