The oldest violin known to exist.
A Genealogy of the Amati Family of Violin Makers, Daniel Draley, The Maecenas Press, Iowa City, 1989
Instrument #1069 at the Special Loan Exhibition at Fishmongers Hall, London in 1904.
1904 Loan Exhibition, Catalog for the Special Loan Exhibition of Musical Instruments, Manuscripts, Portraits and other Mementos, Fishmonger's Hall, London
"On the lower rib, just to the left of the end button and reproduced twice, is a brand stamp "WC". The initials refer to a previous owner of the instrument William Corbett who is cited as the possessor of another violin in this exhibition."
Andrea Amati Opera omnia: Les Violons du Roi, Fausto Cacciatori, editor, Consorzo Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 2007
"It is said that these instruments were removed from Versailles during the Revolution and dispersed. This violin, however, had left the royal collection much earlier, as it is branded twice on the lower ribs and again on the scroll with the initials of the violinist and composer William Corbett (1668-1748). . . ."
Stringed Instruments: Viols, Violins, Citterns, and Guitars in the Ashmolean Museum, Harvey S. Whistler, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2008
"For importance in the history of the violin, this instrument is arugably the equal of the more famous 'Messie' violin by Antonio Stradivari (Ash.17). It is one of the oldest surviving violins in the world, made by the one individual who might reasonably be credited as the originator of the violin, at least in the form in which it is familiar today. . .
. . .The significant point is that Corbett himself must have purchased this violin long before the French Revolution, indicating that whatever instruments were originaly in the Charles IX set were not kept in Versailles throughout the pre-revolutionary period, and the numbers lost or destroyed before or after the revolution cannot be easily estimated."
Musical Instruments in the Ashmolean Museum: The Complete Collection, John Milnes, editor, Oxford Musical Instrument Publishing, Oxford, 2011