HENRIE JAYE IN / SOUTHWARKE / -1615- [printed? except 1615, inside treble middle rib; same text handwritten inside back]
No. of Strings:
Royal Northern College of Music
Henry Watson, Manchester, -1900;
Waterhouse 2010, p. 149; TGM visit 10/01; Waterhouse 1998; Bevan 1990, pp. 89-90
Fleming 2018, p. 3; Waterhouse 2010, p. 149; Gartrell 2009, pp. 8, 125-26; Fleming 2007, p. 30 (JP 14); Gartrell 2003, p. 124; Waterhouse 1998; Bevan 1990, pp. 89-90; Pearce 1866, p. 47
Fleming 2018, p.  (underside of table, bass side center bout [color]); Gartrell 2009, p. 126 (front from below); [by TGM: F+S, rear view with back off; labels (color)]
Waterhouse 1998/2010: converted to cello in 1823 (interior inscriptions). Previously attributed to Gasparo da Salo (see Bevan 1990). Dimensions are of back: 2-piece, hardwood (now detached, badly warped and cracked, completely relined); table 1-piece, with 2 separate hook-shaped sound holes on each side, pointing in opposite directions (baryton-style); also relined, badly warped and cracked; both have inked purfling. (Overall, “about 200 small patches of wood and fabric inside the belly, and another 50 around the ribs.”) Pegbox, bridge, fingerboard, and tailpiece cello-style but for 6 strings; 19C-style bass bar. Pegs perhaps older than 19C, but don’t match: 2 oak, 3 sycamore, 1 rosewood. French-style head, c. 1730/40, grafted to pegbox. Body length actually 65.0, disregarding indentation at bottom block; rib height probably includes thickness of table and back. Inscription inside right side ribs: “This violoncello was given [by?] Mr. Newcomb School Master of Martchington Staffordshire to Henry Richd. Rice school Master of Doveridge in the year of our Lord 1821 & by him entirely Repaired”; also on end block: “This violoncello was entirely New worked. The back and a new neck put on it, and re-made up by H.R. Rice of Doveridge 1823.” Probably same as one mentioned by Pearce 1866, who saw and heard a Jaye viol dated 1615 converted into a small cello. Fleming 2018: “numerous massive alterations by several people”; Jaye label “looks quite credible” but may not be original to this instrument.