This is a John Juzek violin, bought for $5.00 by my mom many years ago. It was in bad shape when she found it, and a few years ago, she had it restored.
There is some information on John Juzek on the internet. However, I was told at a violin shop in Minneapolis that the violin was nothing special, maybe worth $350. Now I am hearing by others it could be worth quite a bit more. No one knows. I have found other Juzek violins out there for sale with a four-figure value.
This violin was made in Prauge and has a Juzek signature inside, but it is hard to tell if the signature is ink or maybe printed with the label. I have read the Juzek licensed his name to others. If anyone has any idea about this, leave a comment.
We do plan to take this to Elderly Instruments in Michigan this year for appraisal.
This was a good find at a garage sale. I wish she would have found an old Strat or Les Paul, though.