Violin made with spruce top, and maple(?) back, ribs, neck and scroll. It has four ebony(?) friction pegs with two gut strings, one silver-wound, and one of plain steel or silver with a fine tuner at the tailpiece. The fingerboard, tailpiece and chinrest are probably made of ebony. This instrument formerly belonged to the Rev. Geoffrey Bird, Vicar of Edge (Gloucestershire), and latterly to Ernest Evan Rigby (b1920-d1996). It includes a bow and a brass string gauge-meter.
Stroud District (Cowle) Museum
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- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
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- Decorative elements:Single line of purfling around the top edges.
- Inscriptions:Stamped on the bridge: T. J. HILTON / VIOLIN MAKER
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
- Repository:Stroud District (Cowle) Museum
- Measurements:Height: 585mm; Width: 210mm; Height of body (measured at back): 360mm