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
No. of Strings:
Dietrich Kessler, - c. 1978; a customer
TGM visit 11/10; Hebbert 2001a, pp. 83-84
[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.