No. of Strings:
Miss Lees (Charmouth, Dorset), - c. 1980; by inheritance from her ancestor John Stewart (Kynachan, Scotland, 1665-1733), c. 1715
M. Fleming visit 8/99; W. Hunt to TGM, 8/92
From B. Hebbert’s blog (violinsandviolinists.com/2020/09/07/a-case-study-in-provenance/;,F+B [color]); [unpublished, in Heale Archive: F+B, front 3/4, underside of table]
Hunt 1983 (Venedig nach Wien); Hunt 1982 (Distracted Tymes)
Hunt: Small bass with long, narrow body. Has original, integral bass bar. Shape of C holes (very long) and high arching suggest Tyrolean background: perhaps by an immigrant to England? Purchased from a Scottish family (Stewart) which had owned it since c. 1700. (Accompanied by a handwritten card reading “Given to John Stewart of Kynachan when a Prisoner in Carlisle Castle from 1716-1718 by sympathising ladies (probably Jacobites). He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Sheriffmuir.”) Fleming: 4-piece table with ornament and very high arching; 2-piece back with inlaid decoration of oval+triangle at top, bottom, and 4 in middle; both with double purfling (neater on back). Original, integral bass bar; extensive worm damage front and back, plus many repaired cracks. Michael Heale told TGM (10/01) he restored it (new neck and head, etc.); table ornamentation à la Barak Norman (Type VIII), with back ornaments like triangular arrowheads (top and bottom Type 1a, center like 4 of these superimposed, not seen elsewhere).