Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

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.

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