GB, London (Southwark)
No. of Strings:
Dietrich Kessler, London, 1996-2007; Brian Gibbs, Egerton, Kent, -1996
Coin (conversation, 4/09); Topham to TGM, 5+8/03, plus photos 4/09; Kessler to TGM, 1/02
Fleming 2007, p. 29 (JP 07)
[Unpublished, from H. Harders 8/11: FB+S, head 3/4 (color)]; [unpublished, from J. Topham: numerous restoration details (color)]
When acquired by Kessler, had been used as a viola, with replacement neck and cut-down ribs. Restored by John Topham, 2001-03: new neck, inlaid fingerboard, open scroll with carved sides, replacement circular rosette (modeled on V+A Jaye alto), ribs rebuilt from 4 to 8 cm height. Length and width dimensions taken from drawing (have photocopy), so not over arching. Back is striped, 3 strips plum and 2 of burred maple; ribs are also plum; double purfling front and back (latter dark on blond stripes, blond on dark stripes). Dendrochronological tests on table yielded no matches.