Quoting Lipinsiki: "He [Salvini] received me with great cordiality, and before I had unfolded my music he said 'Please give me your violin.' I handed it to him and was amazed to see him grasp it firmly by the neck and strike it with all his might on the edge of the table, on which it fell, smashed to atoms. But with the greatest coolness and tranquility the old gentleman then opened a violin-case which was lying on the same table, and carefully taking from it a violin, said, 'Try this instrument!.'"
Lipinski's Violin, Count von Krockow, The Violin Times, January, 1896, London
Dated 1717. . . "Repaired by Hill in 1903. . ."
Sale Book, 1870-1936, The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC