# of Strings:
Samuel Gilkes / fecit London 1812 [printed except 1812]
[bought at an auction]
Owner to TGM, 10-11/14, 2-3/15, 12/15
Fritzsch 2016 (front, head front (B+W); label (color)); [unpublished, from owner 3/15: body FB+S, neck/head FB+S and body open before restoration, label, FB+S after (color); from owner 10/14: F; B+S body only; pegbox + scroll, ornament at button (color)]
Fritzsch 2016 (Abel)
Bought at an auction; restored and renecked (for 7 strings) by Bernd Hiller, 2015; pegbox and head copied from the 1815 Gilkes. Back widths 33.1/24.3/40.2. Lütgendorff 2:615 shows a label very similar yet perhaps not identical in the handwritten date; even more similar is the label in a violin sold on eBay Italy “25 feb 2015 08:34:13 CET”.