This instrument was buried by Marquis Valle in a steel box on his premises, and willed to Karpilowsky upon his death. Fritz Kreisler happened to be in Brazil at the time, saw the instrument, and recognized it as the instrument he had played in his first public performance in Vienna while still a young man.
How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago
Emil Herrmann notes: Dated 1717. Attributes the instrument to either Omobono or Francesco Stradivari.
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
"Hd by A - body shows influence of sons. . ."
W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive, W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive