F. Hintz [stamped at top of back and on back of pegbox]
No. of Strings:
Dennis Nesbitt (and wife Nancy); Dietrich Kessler
Sotheby’s 6/14/90, lot 290
Montagu 1991, p. 103; Sotheby’s 6/14/90, lot 290; Made for Music 1986, no. 4
Sotheby’s 6/14/90, lot 290 (F+B); Made for Music 1986, no. 4 (front 7/8)
Sotheby’s 1990/06/14, lot 290
Sotheby’s and Made for Music: 2-piece back, inked purfling. Sister instrument was lot 305 at Sotheby’s 11/25/76 (purchased by H. M. Brown). Montagu 1991: “something between a tenor and a treble...horrible varnish”. G. Wells to TGM 2/04: purchased by art department (since disbanded) of a Japanese department store (Seibu), for a client. Kessler’s prior ownership revealed by chance in a phone conversation 12/05; he didn’t recall from whom he bought it, or whether he made a new fingerboard (or neck).