A fine English violoncello by Lockey Hill, London circa 1770

Lockey Hill had a prolific and varied career. This example shows enormous influence from his father, Joseph making it one of the most attractive models to come from his workshop, with especially elegant Amati-styling around the soundholes. An excellent and powerful violoncello with huge professional potential. The cello has expertly restored cracks in both the front and back with a proportionate reduction in price. A very good opportunity to acquire a first-class English cello for a discounted price.

In 1917 the violoncello was acquired for the Royal Artillery Band, and was almost certainly put to use entertaining officers and troops behind the lines on the Western Front. It is one of several instruments known to us with RA Band inscriptions carved into the back of the pegbox of this kind.