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