Samuel Gilkes / fecit London 1826
No. of Strings:
Maria Depiereux, Düsseldorf, -2016; Alfred Lessing, Düsseldorf
Owner to TGM, 11/14, 12/15; T. Muthesius to TGM, 11/10
Fritzsch 2017a (front [color]); [unpublished, from T. Fritzsch 2/17: front (color) and 9/16: front (color); from previous owner via T. Fritzsch 11/14: FB+S, head FB+S, bottom rib (color); from T. Muthesius 11/10: front body only]
Fritzsch 2020a (19th-C. Viol); Fritzsch 2017a (JC Bach Quartets)
Arched back, tailgut, overhanging edges. Soundholes long, narrow, with smooth single curve (not multiple wiggles), widest in middle, with no eyes top or bottom. Neck, pegbox and scroll original, per T. Fritzsch (to TGM, 6/16). Before restoration 2016, string length was 62.7.