We believe this unsigned violin was made some time around 1950 based on a crumbling newspaper clipping that was in the case. (The clipping didn't survive.) This instrument looks like it was made by a skilled woodworker who was a little unsure of how a violin was actually made. It appears that this violin is completely made from koa, with a particularly nicely figured piece for the top. Unlike many folk fiddles we see, this violin is actually playable (but not by the standards for true classical violins). Because the top is koa it isn't very loud, but it does have a sweet, mellow tone. Includes a vintage hardshell case.