No. of Strings:
Alfred Lessing, Düsseldorf
Owner to TGM, 2/11, 8/07; J. Boer to TGM, 11/02
Boer 1995 (Purcell) (front [color]); [unpublished, from owner 8/07: FB+S, head 3/4, rosette (color); from J. Boer 11/02: F+B, head 3/4, rosette (color)]
Boer 1998 (Byrd & Gibbons); Boer 1995 (Purcell)
Rather square shoulders; 2-piece back. Elaborately carved pegbox, rosette with coat of arms. Fingerboard and tailpiece black with light perimeter inlaid line. Identified on CDs as South German; restoration report by G. Hellwig, 1965 says probably that, but perhaps Prague based on soundholes (flames with lower eyes). Calls head “eine meisterliche Arbeit,” likely done by a specialist carver; it does not belong to the pegbox, which was too narrow and so replaced. Shoulders had been rounded, but restored to a more appropriate shape. New neck, fingerboard and tailpiece, hookbar; bass bar made smaller, many cracks repaired, etc.