# of Strings:
Jacobus Stainer in Absom prope Oenipontum 16..
Dietrich Kessler, London, early 1960s-after 20xx; [unknown woman, England]
TGM visit 10/01; H. Harders to TGM, 9/00
Hellwig 1984, p. 92 (front); [by TGM: FB+S (color)]; [unpublished, from M. Herzog 6/98: F+B (color)]
Not in Senn & Roy 1986. 7-piece striped back, 3-piece striped ribs. Now with bird’s-eye maple veneered fingerboard and tailpiece. Front has been thinned; bass bar not original. Had been converted to a cello when acquired by Kessler in early 1960s; not restored until early 1990s, by John Topham. Neck and pegbox not original, now with old S. German lion’s head that it had while a cello. Dimensions from Harders: widths taken on back. Currently owned by a Swiss collector and played by Rebecca Ruso (per Tilman Muthesius, 3/12). Per Benjamin Schröder, labels with only 2 printed digits used from c. 1659-1662, hence suggested date.