Barak Norman / at the Bass Viol in / St. Pauls Church=yd: / London Fecit / 1713 [printed except 1713]; Barak Norman London Fecit [stamped on table]; BN monogram in center of back
No. of Strings:
Dolmetsch Collection, -1983
TGM visit 8/03; Dolmetsch 1978, p. 66; PT visit 6/77
Hebbert 2001, p. 300 (1713:1); Palmer 1981, p. 28; Dolmetsch 1978, p. 66
Palmer 1981, p. 29 (front); Dolmetsch 1978, pp. 66-7 (F+B, head, all 3/4); Dolmetsch 1962, p. 17 (front); ; Dolmetsch 1904, p. 135 (front 7/8); Dolmetsch 1905, p. 113 (head side)--or are these STE 4?; [by TGM: FB+S, head FB+S, table ornament (color)]
3-piece table, 2-piece back, both with double purfling (single around C-holes). Relief carving on back of pegbox; it and head are quite large; neck profile rather rounded. Blond fingerboard and tailpiece with busy inlaid geometric designs; bridge stamped Arnold Dolmetsch; hookbar includes threaded hole for endpin. Either side of this appear 6 (or 7?) plugged holes, probably for former set of sympathetic strings. Palmer 1981: head, fingerboard and tailpiece are reconstructions. Tourin dimensions 68.0, 30.0-/-37.5, 13.5, 65.5. Table ornament Type VI, back center BN monograpm, upper Type IIIa, lower Type III.