PLUCKED FROM A SKIP

Cheshire Life - - Puzzles -

What is it? A par­lour guitar by Lon­don maker Louis Panormo (17841843), the la­bel dated 1830 and bear­ing the ad­dress 46 High Street, Blooms­bury, it had a sound­board dec­o­rated with rose­wood and maple string­ing set with mother-of-pearl cir­cles, an ebonised neck, and maple back and sides.

What makes it spe­cial? Peter Wil­son spe­cial­ist Chris Large knows his gui­tars, thank­fully (he ac­tu­ally makes copies of baroque ex­am­ples).

This in­stru­ment needed sub­stan­tial restora­tion, but its owner took it to the Nantwich sale­room and Chris’s valuation saved it from the skip.

How much did it sell for? Still re­tain­ing its orig­i­nal case, it sold for £2,000 and is on its way to a new home in Canada.

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