DHV:
952
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Barak

Norman

Date:

Barak Norman London Fecit [stamped on table]; BN monogram in center of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB, Manchester

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Royal Northern College of Music

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

V34

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

Charles Hughes, Manchester, -1906

Measurements:

Body Length:

63

String Length:

64.5 ?

Rib Depth:

11.6

Upper Width:

28.9

Middle Width:

20.9

Bottom Width:

35.2

Information Source:

Waterhouse 2010, pp. 146-47; TGM visit 10/01; Waterhouse 1998; Bevan 1990, pp. 89-90

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Comments:

Waterhouse 2010, pp. 146-47; Hebbert 2001, p. 309 (X:12); Waterhouse 1998; Bevan 1990, pp. 89-90

Waterhouse 2010, pp. 146-47 (F 3/4 + B [color]); [by TGM: back 7/8 from below, front 3/4 upper only (color)]

Waterhouse 1998/2010: 2-piece table [sic, but unlilkely] with central ornament and bad worm damage under bridge; 3-piece back, each section outlined with purfling and BN monogram in middle with triple flowers above and below, also relief carving in V at neck; both with double purfling (single around C-holes); diamond patterns inlaid on ribs. Fingerboard and tailpiece ebony, inlaid with satin- and rosewood (birds, foliage, flowers), “brutally cut down” [later enlarged with dark wood strips along edges]. Neck, hookbar, pegs not original. Female head has helmet and ram’s horns: perhaps 19-20C German? Hebbert 2001: head possibly by Hill in Arts & Crafts style. (Presumably in Bevan as 1 of 2 anon. division viols.) TGM: now has tailgut connecting shortened tailpiece and hookbar; thick wedge under fingerboard. No internal crossbars; top and bottom blocks are faceted. Table ornament Type IV (?), back center BN monogram, above Type IIIa, below Type III; also ornamented ribs.