... Francesco Ruger ...
No. of Strings:
(Private owner in North Carolina, by inheritance)
Skinner 5/1/11, lot 376 and D. Bonsey to TGM 5/11
Skinner 5/1/11, lot 376
Skinner 5/1/11, lot 376 (F+B body only, head FB+S, bottom rib [color]; only online, not in printed catalogue)
Skinner 2011/05/01, lot 376
Flame holes curve out and up to form lower eyes that are more angular than round; double purfling front and back, with inner track making inward dimples at corners; on back, both tracks form long Vs at both top and bottom. Pegbox very narrow, with heavily carved back and sides; head turns sharply forward. Fingerboard brown with visible figure; tailpiece black, with rounded upper end and tailgut; tuning pins for sympathetic strings at bottom block. Body length taken on back, upper width at corners. Attribution based on overall appearance, especially varnish, being reminiscent of Mirecourt work (per D. Bonsey). For a virtual twin, see DHV 1697.