HENRIE : JAY : IN : / SOVTHWARKE : / 1619 [handwritten]
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TGM visit 11/10
[By TGM: front, FB+S body only, head FB+S, table ornament, bass soundhole, label; plus F+B body only by Reichlin for TGM (color)]
5-piece table with profuse floral decoration both above and below the bridge area; soundholes and their purfling have an outward bulge midway along the outer edge, unusual but seemingly original. 2-piece back with 4 wings and 2 very large diamond grids at bottom and below fold (but none in middle); both with double purfling, also as boxes on ribs, which were formerly deeper by at least 5 mm, as outer purfling line is now lost along table joint. Neck by Reichlin clearly grafted to pegbox, which has carved back but plain sides; it and head were on viol when acquired, c. 1970, and appear old, probably French; currently 4 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Fingerboard blonde and inlaid similarly to Kessler’s Jaye; tailpiece darker and plain except for a black perimeter line; both by Reichlin. Crossbars above and below soundpost plate; cloth linings between back and ribs, but corner blocks and (wide) wood strip on back center joint. Label probably not original: unnaturally clean, with no ink corrosion, and extremely similar to that in Kessler’s Jaye, though not a photographic copy as some minor differences of lettering exist.