Henrie Jaie in / London / 1666
No. of Strings:
Vázquez, José [heirs]
Vázquez to TGM, 6/14, 9/15, 7+10/18, 2/21; M. Fleming to TGM, 4/11
Vázquez website (FB+S, head 3/4 [color, composite by TGM!]; front body only unstrung, details of decoration [color]); [unpublished, from M. Fleming, 4/11: FB+S, head 3/4 (color)]
Striped back (3 dark, 2 light) with diamond-pattern decoration on all dark stripes in all three bouts (upper, middle, and lower), and more diamond-pattern decorations on ribs (upper and lower bouts only); single purfling on perimeter of 2-piece table, and around each dark stripe on back. Scroll is open not only from sides but also from front and top; very similar to instrument owned by Mrs. Beare (both have grafts between pegbox and neck, but not to scroll). Body resembles STOCK 29 (pseudo-Jaye) and B. Franklin’s pseudo-Boivin: outline, soundholes (wide, with eyes below corners and treble less vertical), and striped back. J. Vázquez to TGM 7/18: awaiting restoration; label now illegible, but was readable c. 1930 as “Henrie Jaie in London 1666,” according to a document acquired with the viol (confirmed by photo sent 2/2021). Dendrochronogy by Peter Ratcliffe (also 2/2021) gives 1644 for latest ring on bass and 1659 on treble side (2 different trees); wood provenance probably England. As of 2/2021, being restored by Werner Trojer.