This is likely a small instrument for a child. It has a spruce soundboard; sycamore ribs, back, neck, and scroll; an ebony fingerboard, tailpiece, and pegs; and a rosewood endpin. The soundboard is close grained, and there is purfling made from 3 strips of sycamore, the outer strips being black stained. The f-holes have not been fully cut through at the top and bottom extremes. There are 6 ribs, and the back is made from 20 pieces of wood, also with purfing. The scroll and peg box are of fine quality. Fingerboard has been flattened under the bass string. The varnish on the instrument is clear, giving it a light colour. Neck length 234; fingerboard length 463, width at nut 27.7, at bottom 56.8, width of head behind nut 36.8. Top arch 19.5; Bottom arch 16.5.
Repair History: Soundboard is coming loose at the top, a number of long cracks, all but one now repaired.
Specific usage history: Exhibited in `Instruments of Music' exhibition, Glasgow, 1941.
d. martin, 1993-94.
Lent by the Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries (Farmer Collection).