This instrument was damaged during a bomb attack by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) on the Royal Marines Depot, Deal, that took place on 22 September, 1989. The bomb had been placed on the East barracks building, which housed the Royal Marines School of Music since 1930. It is a "Virtuose d'après" model violin, of Guarneri design, made with spruce top, and flamed maple back, ribs, neck and scroll. It has four rosewood friction pegs with modern strings, each with a fine tuner at the modern tailpiece (probably a Thomastik model). The nut, fingerboard, and chinrest are probably made of ebony.
Jérome Thibouville-Lamy [Corporation]
National Museum of the Royal Navy
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Paris (Timezone: Europe/Paris)
- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
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- Inscriptions:Paper label inside: d'après J. Guarnerius / J. Thibouville-Lamy (signature) [Chevalier of the Legion of Honour award medal] VIRTUOSE [trademark with lyre, violin, bird, surrounded by emanating rays] J.T.L.
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
- Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
- Measurements:Height: 290mm; Height of body: 360mm; Width: 230mm