VIOLIN BY LOCKEY HILL, LONDON, ca. 1775
A well preserved example of this maker. This violin retains its original neck and bassbar (see photo below) and is fitted with copies of the original fingerboard and tailpiece. Stamped below the button: “William Hall Birmingham”. As is usual with Lockey Hill, the instrument is otherwise unlabelled, but is virtually identical to the violin illustrated in “The British Violin”, p. 212/213.
Single piece belly of fine to medium pine, 2-piece back with narrow quilted sloping figure. The neck and head of lightly figured maple, a well repaired break in the neck. The violin has been fully restored and is set up with a copy of an English style bridge and London-style pegs and button of the appropriate period. A fine sounding violin with very well preserved original varnish.
Accompanied by a full restoration report.