DHV:
1382
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, Bristol

Maker:

Thomas

Howell

Date:

1839

Made by T. Howell / Inventor of the Improved / 18 Patent 39 / Violin, Tenor, Violoncello / Double Bass & Spanish Guitar / at his Manufactory and / Music Warehouse Bristol [printed except 1839]

Body Shape:

Guitar

Current Location:

GB, Glasgow

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

Head:

Lion

Previous Owner:

Layton Ring, Newcastle-on-Tyne

Measurements:

Body Length:

69.5

String Length:

70.7

Rib Depth:

12.5

Upper Width:

32.2

Middle Width:

25

Bottom Width:

44

Information Source:

TGM visit 8/03

Literature:

Photographs:

[By TGM: FB+S (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

2-piece (?) table and 2-piece arched back, both with single purfling; square shoulders, overhanging edges; C-holes nearly vertical; tailgut and endpin fitting; bridge by Arnold Dolmetsch. Stamped on back below button: Patent / T. Howell Bristol / Inventor. Second internal label, elaborately printed: “T. Howell / Teacher of the Pianoforte &c / Music Warehouse / Bristol...”. A cello dated 1836 with very similar body outline (overall slightly smaller) and identical labels = Sotheby’s 11/25/76, lot 301; violins with essentially similar outlines (but proportionally much narrower upper bouts) are at the National Music Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston (with fretted fingerboard), and Royal College of Music.