"According to the Beares, the back and top are original and were made into a small cello with a flat back from what were once parts of a viola da gamba. The back has viol struts un the upper and lower bout, but not in the sound post area, which is thicker than the rest of the back. The canted portion of the back has been replaced and the upper bout of the top, as can be seen in the photograph, has been enlarge to a cello outline. The ribs and scroll are not original."
Violin Varnish Now and Then, William Fulton & Stan Schmidt, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1988
Discovered in a London sale by Charles Beare and Robert Bein in the 1980s.
How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999