Joh: Christian Hoffman / Königl. Poln. und Churf. / Sächs. Hof Instrument und / Lautenmacher in Leipzig [handwritten]
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Swedish Museum of Performing Arts
Erik Gahnbäck, Lidingö, Stockholm, -1949
Martius 2015, pp. 362-63; museum website; museum to TGM, 4/04; PT visit 10/78 [not seen]
Martius 2015, pp. 362-63;
On museum’s website (front); Martius 2015, pp. 362-63 (front, label [color]); [unpublished, from museum, 4/04: FB+S]
Martius JCH 28. Converted to a cello. Table with single purfling and ebony edging, medium arching with nice recurve; bass bar perhaps old. Back with very wide soundpost plate and 3 crossbars, not original. Wide corner blocks. Label type suggests date of 1730-31, but probably built a few years earlier. Scroll and grafted pegbox probably early 19th-C., neck more recent, perhaps documented by pencil inscriptions on inside of table and back: “Talinn / A. Puwel / 1925”. String length 67.0-68.5. Museum’s dimensions 69.4, 31.1/22.7/38.3, 12.5, 67.5-68.5.