Made by / Thos. Collingwood / and / Sold by John Miller / over against the Fleece / Tavern in Corn-hill, 1680 (first 3 lines handwritten, last 3 lines printed except final digit of date)
No. of Strings:
Peter Davies, Newbury, UK (+ estate), 1950s-2006
TGM visit 12/06; Vázquez website; Ewbank Auctions, 7/6/06, lot 1163 (online catalogue)
MacCracken 2016, p. 192; BVMA 2000, p. 45 (brief mention of label)
Vázquez website (F+B before restoration, F after, head 3/4, label [color]) & exhibition 2010 (front [color]); Ewbank Auctions, 7/6/06, lot 1163 (online catalogue) (front); [by TGM: label (color)]; [website of Nicholas Davies, son of Peter: front detail, side body only, pegbox side (color)]
5-piece table with (large) ornament (= Norman Type VI: original or replacement?); 2-piece back with central 7x7 diamond grid with triangle-plus-oval at 4 corners, also larger versions of latter at bottom and below fold; both with double purfling. Restored by Dietrich Kessler for Peter Davies, including new neck and pegbox (but scroll is original) and repair of extensive worm damage. No back braces except soundpost plate; 3 nail holes visible in top block. Numerous photos of restoration (by Jan Stejskal, Prague, for José Vázquez, c. 2007, including new neck, etc.) on owner’s website.