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Abraham Prescott, Church Bass, c.1837, Deerfield, NH


The back length works for either a large cello or a smallish church bass. It has a one-piece slab cut maple back, plain ribs of similar wood, and a two-piece table. The scroll is typical of this maker and unfinished in the back without the additional turn in the ears. It has the original 1837 Prescott advertising label: ABRAHAM PRESCOTT/ DOUBLE BASS, VIOLIN AND VIOLON-/CELLO MAKER/ DEERFIELD, N.H., as well as a later label from the shop of K.W. Jones. Measurements: length of back: 780mm, string length: 690mm. Requires restoration.