Barak Norman London Fecit [stamped on table]; BN monogram in center of back
Royal Northern College of Music
No. of Strings:
Charles Hughes, Manchester, -1906
Waterhouse 2010, pp. 146-47; TGM visit 10/01; Waterhouse 1998; Bevan 1990, pp. 89-90
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.