Giovanni Battista Rogeri, Brescia, 1695, the 'Lancashire Strad'

Cello: 43682

Formerly thought to be by Stradivari, hence its nickname.

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: not original, by Francesco Rugeri

Varnish: Gold

Length of back: 72.4 cm

Upper bouts: 35.3 cm

Middle bouts: 24.15 cm

Lower bouts: 43.55 cm


This instrument was the subject of a lawsuit because it was for many years passed off as a Strad.

The Families of Rugeri & Rogeri - Part III, Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, September-October, 1951, Chicago

"Such is the quality of the work, the stunning visual effect and the magnificent sound of the cello, it is not so surprising that it was once thought to be a Stradivari, and gained the name of 'the Lancashire Strad' in England in the 19th century. . ."

Ole Bull 2010: Dextra Musica Collection, John Dilworth, Ole Bull 2010: Dextra Musica Collection, Bergen


- John Crosdill
- King George IV
- Duke of Cambridge
- George Corsby
- K. Shuttleworth
in 1850 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
until 1877 P. R. Parera
in 1877 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1877 John Hart
- Richard Bennett
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
- Donald McCall
in 1982 Sold by Phillip's
... ...
in 2015 Dextra Musica

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1895)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons (photocopy), London (1895) Original has been lost. States that the instrument was made by Joannes Baptista Ruggerius. "Description - This instrument is the celebrated violoncello known as the 'Lancashire Strad' and particulars of its history are given in the catalog of the collection formed by Mr. Richard Bennett of Stockport whose agents we were for the sale of this collection. The label in the instrument is a copy of an original and has been inserted by us to replace the Stradivari label referred to in its description . . . The whole instrument is in a most perfect state of preservation and is an exceptionally fine example of the maker's work."

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  • Ole Bull 2010: Dextra Musica Collection, John Dilworth, Bergen (illustrated)
  • Phillip's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 17, 1982, London, Phillip's, Phillip's, London (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, September-October, 1951, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago


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