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  •  This might be an urban legend (2+ / 0-)
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    fake consultant, Sychotic1

    but the account I heard of why "Made In XXX" labels were used in the first place is when the UK was suffering from the offshoring of their industry (primarily to Germany).

    Somebody came up with the idea that partriot Britons would surely buy local products if they could only readily identify them - hence the "Made in Great Britain" label (or whereever).

    But that soon backfired as consumers eagerly looked for the "Made in Germany" label, indicating better quality . . ..

    •  to the extent that wikipedia is correct... (2+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy, Sychotic1 seem to have presented the story correctly; they report that labelling began in 1887.

      you may also find this of interest:

      In 1891 the McKinley Tariff Act required that items that were imported in to the United States be marked with the country of origin. In 1914 this act was again revised to require that the words "Made in"  also be used. Once again in 1921 the act was revised to require that the country of origin name be in English. So a violin that is labeled "Bavaria" would most likely  be made between 1891 and 1914. "Made in Italia" might be before 1921.

      A violin labeled "Made in Japan" was probably made after 1921. Prior to 1921, instruments most likely have been labeled "Made in Nippon."  After WWII during the US occupation of Japan, items made for export were marked "Made in Occupied Japan" or perhaps "Occupied Japan."

      Violins labeled "Made in Germany" are most likely manufactured between 1921 and WWII. After the split of Germany until its reunification in the 1990's,  labels were marked "Made in West Germany" or "Made in East Germany."

      This basically means, if your "attic" violin says that it is an Antonio Stradivari 1707, but it also says "Made in Germany," the violin is obviously NOT an authentic Stradivari, but a factory-made copy. You don't need an appraiser to tell you this, but you still may want to seek out a professional opinion to find out the actual value of the instrument.

      "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

      by fake consultant on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 07:13:10 AM PDT

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