S2654, Thomas Hesketh, 1905
Thomas Earle Hesketh lived in Manchester and between 1885 and 1890 he apprenticed under French maker George Aldophe Chanot (whose father was the first Chanot in London) before opening his own workshop in 1891.
Highly regarded for his professional work in the classical tradition, Hesketh made many instruments for the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. The wood stock Hesketh used for his instruments had its own pedigree heritage, originating from the workshop of William Forster. Forster’s pupil Craske inherited much of his master’s wood stock and sold it to Hesketh when he worked in Manchester.
This violin, made in the style of Stradivarius, has a one-piece back of widely flamed maple and carefully matched ribs. The precisely cut scroll has velvety textured grain. With worn varnish, this is a ‘well-used’ antiqued instrument that has a sweet sound without lacking in power. The edgework and the chamfer on the pegbox is very round. Deep fluting in the scroll is cut straight into the throat, fading out to zero. The neck is original and in very good condition.
Back length: 356mm