Barak Norman / At the Basse Viol / [in Saint] Pauls Ally / London Fecit / 1709 [handwritten]; also Barak / Norman / London / Fecit [stamped on table]; BN monogram in center of back
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[bought at Phillips auction, c. 1980]
TGM visit 11/10
[By TGM: FB+S body only, head side, neck heel, label (color)]
[Phillips 1980 C]
3-piece table with Type IV ornament; 2-piece back with BN monogram in center, upper and lower Type II; both with double purfling. Bottom of neck perhaps orginal, rest not and clearly grafted to pegbox, in which 2 sets of holes (nos. 3 and 6 from nut) are plugged for use as cello. No fingerboard, tailpiece, or bridge when seen; hookbar planed down and replaced by button for tailgut. No crossbars on back except soundpost plate; wood linings on back perimeter and center joint, cloth at fold; top block narrow and faceted, with 2 large screws.