Count Cozio's notes, February 8, 1822 [possibly referring to this instrument]: "Violins owned by General [...] Robert, made by Giuseppe Guarneri. The label, with a small printing, says Joseph Guarnerius, Andreae nepos fecit Cremonae anno 1730. The
numbers 30 are written using fresh black ink.
Large model, measurements are listed below. One-piece back, made in foreign wood with uneven lengthwise grain going on the G string side. It is generally intact, except for the button which was probably broken. It is in fact visible an ebony dowel put in the
middle of the button which was reduced to half of a circle; two similar dowels were badly inserted below the purfling of the upper patch. The back has also two maple dowels put in just below the purfling of the upper two patches, almost in Stradivari's style. The edges are little raised, not a too fine work. The purfling is not perfect, as well as in mine [violin] made in 1740. Red varnish, which is missing in many parts. . . .
The F-holes are good work and long, with large corners - particularly the one on the left hand side. The neck's scroll is good work, with a large body but with much barbetta in the Stradivari style. The scroll has a black outline all around; ebony peg and button, [...] in mother-of-pearl. In order to push the neck backwards, the bar was cut off at the end and at the heel. The bass bar is small and it seems to have been replaced [...] from the G-string. The corners are quite long and straight; however, the two on the upper top are
worn out. Large and well levelled arching." (p. 275)
Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Baltimore