Fred : D : ... [illegible] / Fecit / London, Ryders court / Leicester fields 1734 [all handwritten, date uncertain]; F. HINTZ [stamped on top of back, and on back of pegbox]
No. of Strings:
Mark Brackenbury (1979-91, on loan to EUCHMI); Charles Brackenbury (d. 1979); Hereward Irenius Brackenbury (d. 1938)
TGM visit 6/00; Myers 1995, pp. 37-38; AMIS Newsletter 21/3 (10/92), p. 4; Myers 1990, p. 59; Emery 1982, p. 4
Herzog 2003, GB-21; Topham 2003, pp. 141-42; Myers 1995, pp. 37-38; AMIS Newsletter 21/3 (10/92), p. 4; Myers 1990, p. 59; Emery 1982, p. 4
On museum’s website (front [color]); Myers 1990, p. 59 (front 3/4); [by TGM: FB+S, head side, name stamp on button (color)]
2-piece table and 1-piece back, both with double inked purfling; on back, one line follows folded panel, other stays below. Upper bout quite square; semi-pointed corners. C-holes very vertical and set high, well above lower corners. Has corner blocks and slight perimeter linings, but no crossbars other than soundpost plate. Ribs not very similar to back. Pegbox plain; pegs don’t all match. Fingerboard has score marks for frets (though none present). Not set up when seen (tailpiece and bridge unavailable), so string length estimate from catalogue. Similar to instruments in Ann Arbor, Copenhagen, and Oakton. Myers 1995: Large tenor viol or lyra or small division viol; body dimensions (taken on back): 56.0, 27.5/17.8/32.3, 11.5, 58.5-59.0. Emery 1982: tenor; dimensions 57.1, -/-/32.3, 21.2, 56.0-59.0; original neck. Topham 2003: youngest growth ring 1712 on bass side, 1695 on treble, probably not from same tree.