Important American maple cello, dated 1763
Important American maple cello dated 1763, bearing the label of Johann Antes Bethlehem, PA. Widely regarded as the first bowed string instrument maker in America, few examples of his work survive, including a violin at the Moravian Historical Society Nazareth, Pa and a viola in the Lititz Congregation Collection. The present example could very well be the earliest American made cello extant.
As found. Top of scroll broken off. See additional photographs to view condition issues. Bears a restorers label of Carl Thorbahn, Lancaster, PA. Provenance: removed from a Pittsburgh home.
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