Place MadeUnited Kingdom; London; England; Europe
Date MadeCirca 1770
DescriptionBookmatched brown-stained soundboard of spruce. Modern beech bridge. Rosehole 81.5mm diameter, rose of brass. Purfling of ink consisting of three lines - two close together and one a little further away. Purfling around the edge of the instrument of two inked lines. Back and sides of figured maple, the figure on the bass side being more spectacular than that on the treble. The two pieces are joined at the bottom. There is an ivory endpin at the bottom, set towards the back of the instrument, and turned ivory buttons for holding the ends of the strings. There is an ivory soundboard protector at the bottom where the strings pass over. Bookmatched back of figured maple of very good quality. Two lines of inked purfling around the edge. the heel, neck and pegbox are of a single piece of lime (?), and flow smoothly into each other. Ten pegs of ebony with ivory buttons on the end. The pegbox has a curved end and a square terminal consisting of diagonal quarters of tortoiseshell and ivory. There is the remains of a green ribbon tied to the pegbox between the terminal and the pegs. The nut is of ivory. The neck is 190mm long, 47mm wide at the nut and 54mm wide at the body join. The fingerboard is ebony. It is radiused and has 15 full width frets plus two extra frets for the treble strings. The lowest five frets have holes for a capotasto to pass through. The capotasto is of ivory with leather against the strings. It has a screw and wingnut to tighten it against the strings. Decoration: The brass rose features a central wreath section surrounded by a trophy of instruments. Inscription: There is no label, but there is a stamp "F. HINTZ" on the back by the heel. Repair History: The nut is a replacement.
NotesA. Macaulay, November 1991; D.P. Martin, 2003.
CollectionMacaulay Collection; MIMEd