MADE IN MANCHESTER
An extensive collection of musical instruments belonging to the musicians Jean and David Bridge, late of Brigham Mansion was well received by buyers at Mitchells of Cockermouth. Most wanted was this full size violin with interior labels, both printed and inscribed in ink, one reading ‘Thomas Earle Hesketh, Manchester Fecit 1904’, and another ‘Copy of a Joseph Guarnerius owned by Adolf Brodsky’. It danced a jig around the £600-800 estimate to sell for £2,600. Hesketh (1866-1945) had a shop in Oxford Street from 1891 and made a number of fine copies of classical Cremonese instruments. A real Guarnerius would be worth … start adding noughts.