Of French origin, c. 1950, this instrument is based on the Ottavino Spinet now in the V&A Museum.
It is inscribed in ink on the reverse of the name board “Restauration Artistique et copies d’Instruments Anciens
G. Moël, 1 Rue de la Concorde, Villiers sur Marne (Près Paris)”.
The case appears to be of walnut.
It was restored some years ago under the guidance of Malcolm Rose. It remains in very reasonable condition, and properly strung in iron & brass; the pitch is A=390; the tuning pins are new (anti-clockwise tuning was chosen, for practical reasons); some jacks have small repairs; all felts renewed and new delrin plectra. The bridge and bridge pins have been replaced. A packet of spare strings and a stringing schedule are included.
However, it does now need some regulation and tuning.