Hello from Canada!
I had picked up this lovely full sized instrument, locally, about a year ago. A local luthier got it set up for me, and I am really enjoying playing it. It's proportioned well, is fairly light, is quite 'easy' to handle and sounds excellent (to my ear....). From what the seller told me, it found its way to Western Canada at some point in the 1940-50's. I’m not that familiar with the various styles/influences of UK makers, and would be interested in hearing thoughts about this particular instrument. The Interior has a label (and pencil-marking-on-wood just south of the sound post) stating:
S.H. Sirrell . Maker
Stratford on Avon
Anno 1921. L.G.B.P.
(What does L.G.B.P. mean?) Having some spare time, during quarantine, I tried to find some information on this particular individual. So far, I have been able to piece together:
Stephen Henry Sirrell
1877 – 1953
Born in Felton, Herefordshire
Died in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Of interest, I found out that he advertised in STRAD magazine in 1909 and 1910. He had a shop at 9 Scholar’s Lane, Stratford-on-Avon (Shakespear’s Town). He indicated that he would do ‘Repairs of every description carefully executed at Moderate Terms’.
I haven’t found many auction results, nor references in any of the maker archives. The only few I was able to locate were from:
· 1988 Strings Magazine auction result ($675)
· 2008 Campbell’s auction for a 1938 instrument ($360)
I know my instrument wasn't made by a known maker, but I would like to know more about him, given he had a shop in Stratford-upon-Avon and was active as a maker from at least 1921 to 1938. I know it isn't in perfect condition, but it is solid and does play nicely.
What are individual's thoughts on this instrument (images below) or the maker? Are there other references I should be checking?