Second half of the 18th century, possibly early 19th century
Technical description: The round, undulating (almost straight) stick is made of blackened wood and ends in a chunky swan head. The end of the stick lacks a nipple. The open, screw-mechanism, rounded frog is slightly sloped and is made of blackened wood. The button is boxwood coloured, has several rims and ends in the shape of an elongated sphere.
Measurements: Weight: 78.5g. Hair length: 587mm. Balance point: 310.5mm. Head height: 26.0mm. Head width: 12.4mm (measured higher up as part of the end is dented). Face length: 39.2mm. Tip diameter: 10.9mm. Frog diameter: 11.6mm. Period of oscillation: 1.37. Distance from pivot to tail: 91.95mm. Button length: 21.5mm. Ferrule width: 13.15mm (measured higher up as part of the end is dented). Frog + stick height: 30.8mm. Frog top length: 46.3mm.
Repair History: The screw eye was probably moved; there is another hole in the frog in front of the current screw eye.
The stick is blackened except in the lower third near the frog. There are some dents and scratches in the stick and chips off the cheeks of the stick mortise. The button is split and has black blotches on it. The screw is large. The frog is chipped on the top and button. The screw eye is very thin and old.
Illustration references: World-Wide Web picture at http://music.ed.ac.uk/euchmi/
Current ownership: Gift of B. Rattray, 1982.