Thomas Cole, near Fetter-lane / in Holborn, London. 1676 [printed; final 6 changed by hand to 8]
No. of Strings:
Howard Mayer Brown, Chicago, -1993; (Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York / J & A Beare, London); Ambrose Gauntlett (d. 1978); W.E. Hill & Sons, London, 1909-
TGM visit 1/95
MacCracken 2016, p. 190; Herzog 2003, GB-6
MacCracken 2016, p. 190 (FB+S); [by TGM: FB+S, head F+S, table ornament]
Springfels 2007 (Bach Brandenburgs); Springfels 2004 (Marais); Springfels 1996 (Rosenmüller); Springfels 1994a (BWV 198); Springfels 1994b (BWV 106, 152)
HMB acquired in early 1980s. Pointed corners, but table and flat back are flush with ribs; both with double BWB purfling. Back is 3-piece, with narrow center strip set off by inner row of purfling; table is 2-piece. Head not original; pegbox has plugged 7th hole. Very slight back fold. Bridge set high and warped forward when seen; string length could be as much as 71.5 cm. Current neck cello length (but not profile).