A violin came in today to have the fingerboard put back on.
The varnish is a slightly faded looking yellow, slightly insipid, and looking as though it probably started life with a bit more colour. the purflings are painted on, not quite so neatly as some English fiddles The head is wonderful, nicely cut, with the pegbox sides hollowed all the way down , around the chin, up the other side and on into the scroll.
I have another by the same maker, the head very similar, but the body very much more crudely made - perhaps an earlier attempt.
The necks are set on the ribs, and a large screw driven down through the neck face to secure them.
I'll take some better photos of them tomorrow.
Does anyone recognise the maker?
PS. More of those boxwood pegs that someone mentioned on a recent thread.