We are very excited to have this 18th-century instrument in our collection. Those who love the violin music of the Baroque period owe it to themselves to perform it on an instrument not only made for the music of the era, but one actually made IN that era. This example is incredibly well preserved, and fully setup in Baroque specifications (neck, fingerboard, tailpiece, bridge, and even pegs) as it was when it was originally created.
Attributed to Thomas Smith of London, this instrument is likely true to its name - if not from Thomas Smith himself, from one of his many pupils of the time. The label reads:
Tho. Smith at the Harp and
Hautboy Picadilly London 1773
The one-piece back is remarkably well preserved, and the whole of the instrument is covered in a beautiful rich golden varnish. The top is of very fine grained spruce, created in an era where such woods were far more obtainable than they are now.
Please contact us for an in-home trial of this wonderful piece of history.