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This instrument belonged to Musician W. J. Branchflower, from the Royal Naval School of Music (c.1930). It is a Stradivari copy violin, made with spruce top, and maple back, ribs, neck and scroll. It has four ebony friction pegs with four strings (one silver-wound, two gut and one plain silver) attached to a French-style ebony tailpiece. The E string has a fine tuner at the tailpiece. The nut, fingerboard, and tailpiece saddle are made of ebony as well. The instrument is accompanied with two bows, probably made of Pernambuco wood. Both bows have an ebony frog with mother-of-pearl eye and ivory head-plate, but while one has nickel-silver ferrule and tightening screw button, the other has silver ones.

  • Measurements:Height: 550mm; Height of body: 360mm; Width: 210mm; Bow length: 710mm