Jno. Baker / Oxon 1688 [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
Victoria & Albert Museum
Carl Engel (in 1876)
Baines 1968, p. 4
Vannes 1999, p. 17; Baines 1968, p. 4; Engel 1876, p. 69; Engel 1874, p. 361
Baines 1968, fig. 3 (F+B 3/4) [unpublished, from J. Pringle: label]
5-piece table with central ornament, 3-piece back; both with double purfling. Unusually wide lower bouts; only cloth linings. Neck and crude cello-style scroll are later; modern fingerboard and tailpiece, the former inlaid with light-colored wood. On loan to Oxford County Museum in 1977 (and still in 2001). Engel 1876: “originally made with only four strings, and has evidently never been tampered with” (and similarly in Engel 1874; also in Vidal 1878). Vannes says label reads “Made by John Baker in Oxford, anno 1688”; Henley gives same text (from unspecified instrument) but with date 1692.