DHV:
1317
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Richard

Meares

Date:

1679

Richard Meares / Without Bishops / Gatte Lond 1679 [handwritten]; also, “Richard M[eares] / 1679” in pencil (?) on inside of back, above fold, in same hand but larger

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CH, Samstagern

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

No. of Strings:

Catalog Number:

Head:

Previous Owner:

Dietrich Kessler, - c. 1978; a customer

Measurements:

Body Length:

71.5

String Length:

Rib Depth:

12.5

Upper Width:

32.6

Middle Width:

24.4

Bottom Width:

39.5

Information Source:

TGM visit 11/10; Hebbert 2001a, pp. 83-84

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Comments:

[By TGM: table and back, inside and out; 3 original ribs and top block, inside and out; table ornament, label, signature inside back (color)]

Disassembled when seen: table, back, upper ribs, one C-bout, and top block (rest was not original, including walnut ribs, but has been kept). 3-piece table (not 5) with floral ornament; 2-piece back with ovals at bottom and below fold but no central diamond grid; both with double purfling. No crossbars on back except soundpost plate (11.2 cm wide); wood lining on back center joint, cloth at fold and on treble-side table joint; bass bar (apparently original, 50 cm long) on bass-side table joint. Top block has 2 nail holes; rounded, not faceted. Hebbert 2001a dimensions (from Dietrich Kessler): BL 71.5, upper width 32.5, lower width 36.5.