Labeled as Josef Klotz. The Klotz family of violinmakers made violins in Mittenwald, Germany,from the mid-17th century to the present. The Klotz family taught other families of the village the violin trade, and Mittenwald prospered and became well known for its violins. InA Dictionary of Music and Musicians1900, the contributor Edward John Payne writes: "Nine-tenths of the violins which pass in the world as 'Stainers' were made by the Klotz family and their followers."In 1856, the Bavarian government founded a school in Mittenwald to continue the violin trade.Dictionaries of violin makers list more than 25 artisans by this name. Josef dated from the early 1800s.