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ca. 1794
Origin: England, London
Overall: 59.8 x 20.5cm (23 9/16 x 8 1/16in.)
Spruce, Maple, Ebony, mother of pearl
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1982-210,A
The violin is re-necked and retains the original scroll. The end button, tail piece, fingerboard, nut, and tuning pins are of ebony. The tuning pins have circular mother of pearl inlay. The top plate is of spruce; the sides and bottom plate are of curly maple.
Provenance:Not Known. Purchased by CW in 1982 from Christies, London.
Mark(s):Stamped on base of neck in back: "SIMPSON"
Stamped on back plate: "NAVAL EXCHANGE"
Printed on a paper label inside: "I SIMPSON / Musical Instrument Maker / at the Bass Viol and Flute / in Sweetings Alley / Opposite the East door of the Royal Exchange / LONDON"
Inscription(s):see marks