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Violin, Thomas Howell, Bristol, 1836

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Object name
Maker
Date
1836
Place
Object number
RCM0054

Description

Violin of patented design with cornerless outline, narrow upper bouts and long neck; the tailpiece fixed to the front. Front two-piece, fine-grained, highly arched, with very little depression; C-shaped soundholes; single purfling on front and back; scallop-carved semi-domed block under fingerboard at neck to give greater strength to neck/body joint; applied maple plug and scroll-work on the front at tail, covering a strengthening screw into tailblock. Ribs and one-piece back of maple; the ribs taper from tail to neck. Long neck and pegbox with scroll; pegs with mother-of-pearl inserts. Tailpiece of wedge profile to give greater gluing area to front, and with undercutting to provide string-holding portion; probably also screwed on at the point where a mother-of-pearl disc is inlaid. Red-brown varnish.

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Dimensions

Length: 616mm. Width: 209mm.

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