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Sat, Jan 27, 2018 10:00AM EST - Sun, Jan 28, 2018 10:00AM EST
Lot 127

Important American maple cello, dated 1763

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
$200,000 $20,000
$500,000 $50,000
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.

Condition

As found. Bears a restorers label of Carl Thorbahn, Lancaster, PA. Provenance: removed from a Pittsburgh home.