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Treble viol

Originally a bass or tenor viol converted to a treble viol. Four strings. Soundboard of spruce in six pieces with a centre joint and wings. Fine straight grain. Back and ribs of burr (?) elm. Purfling on the front only in a bwb pattern at about 4mm from the edge. C-shaped soundholes. Varnish very dark, virtually black in places; some craquelure; leathery appearance. Label: George Gill, glued diagonally across soundpost plate, ending on back. Possibly a copy of an original label as soundpost plate is not original and label is in very good condition. Point d'aiguille decoration on front clearly surviving from a larger instrument. Inlaid wooden cross hatching on the ribs; and also on the back extending from the neck well over the fold and from the centre to the bottom of the lower bout. This decoration also shows evidence of having been cut down from a larger instrument.

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  • Repository:Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Measurements: overall: 555 mm