Nicolas Bertrand / A Paris 1685 [handwritten]; also stamped BERTRAND at top of back
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Owner to TGM, 10/13; www.sinier-de-ridder.com
[Unpublished, from owner: front, FB+S body only, name stamp at neck heel, head FB+S (color)]; at www.sinier-de-ridder.com (F+B, label [color])
Striped back (3 light, 2 dark), completely plain pegbox and scroll (with no ears). Restored by Sinier de Ridder c. 2005 (not much needed besides regluing the bass bar; instrument had never before been opened; they took no measurements). All parts original except bridge. Table is spruce, back is ash and walnut, neck and head are maple, fingerboard and tailpiece are beech veneered with ebony, pegs are boxwood. Single purfling on front, none on back. Body length (and probably also widths) measured on back.