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NMM 5300. Violoncello attributed to Brescia, ca. 1700-1750
Gift of Alice Louise Healy, Sloan, Iowa, 1992

NMM 5300.  Violoncello attributed to Brescia, ca. 1700-1750 Bass side of instrument Treble side of instrument Back of instrument

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Labelled: Ioseph de Boncis Fe[cit] / Anno 170[6?]. Pa [indecipherable]. Original top, back, ribs, blocks, and pegbox.




Alice Louise Loomis Healy

This cello was purchased in 1935 by the donor's mother, Nina Loomis, from The Rosenthal Violin Co., Inc., 152 West 57th Street (adjoining Carnegie Hall), New York City. The original sales agreement called for the trade-in of "one new German large sized cello as part payment," plus $125 in cash. According to the donor, a former owner of this cello toured with Al Jolson. Additionally, the cello is said to have survived a car wreck—a distinct possibility, judging from the fact that the instrument has been heavily repaired.

Alice Louise Loomis Healy (b. Nebraska, May 3, 1914-d. Sloan, Iowa, September 14, 1996), the daughter of physician/surgeon, Milo M. Loomis, was a 1931 graduate of the Manilla, Iowa, High School, and a 1935 graduate of Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa). She played cello in the Sioux City Community Symphony, under the direction of Leo Kucinski, from 1931-1937. Alice married in 1941 and moved to Lohrville, Iowa, where she taught English in nearby Churdan. From 1975-1987, she played this cello in the Ft. Dodge (Iowa) Area Symphony, during which time the photograph at the left was taken (1987).




Front, Back, and Bass Side of Body


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Front of body Bass side of body Back of body

Top: three-piece spruce. Ribs: maple; one-piece bottom rib. Back: one-piece plain maple, slab cut.




Soundholes


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Soundholes



Pegbox and Scroll Views


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Front of pegbox Bass side of pegbox Treble side of pegbox Back of pegbox



Neck Heel


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Bass side of neck heel Back of neck heel Treble side of neck heel




Measurements

Body length:  697 mm (front); 695 mm (back)
Width, upper bouts:  412 mm (front); 411 mm (back)
Width, center bouts:  224 mm( front); 217 mm (back)
Width, lower bouts:  322 mm (front); 322 mm (back)
Rib width, upper bouts:  114-115 mm
Rib width, center bouts:  113 mm
Rib width, lower bouts:  112-117 mm
Neck length: 263 mm




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Upper bouts Front upper bass corner Front, upper bass corner Upper bouts Soundholes Front, lower bass corner Front, lower treble corner Soundholes Front, lower bouts Pegbox, bass side Bass side of neck Neck heel Bass side of body Bottom rib Pegbox, treble side Treble side of neck Treble side of body Bottom rib Back of pegbox Back of body Back view, neck heel Body, back Back, body Back, upper bouts Back, upper treble corner Back, upper bass corner Back, center bouts Back, center bouts Back, lower treble corner Back, lower bass corner Back, center bouts Back, lower bouts Pin at bottom of back Bottom rib Bottom rib