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Hawkes Panormo circa 1894 - rare "Squat Model" - #2738 - SOLD

Front image of a Hawkes Panormo circa 1894 - rare squat model
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Click to zoom to a double bass by Mario Bandini, Ravenna anno 1980

Can you tell me why this Hawkes Panormo appears to be slightly smaller than the ones that I've seen before?

Yes - you are absolutely right in thinking that this instrument appears to be slightly smaller than the standard Hawkes Panormo. In fact with a length of back (LOB) measurement of 110.5cm it is exactly 2.0cm shorter than the ever-so-familiar, generously-proportioned standard instrument. When examining the widths across the table it can be observed that the middle bout is 1.5cm narrower than the standard model while the measurements for the upper and lower bouts at 56.0cm and 68.5cm respectively are virtually identical to those of the standard model. With widths across the ribs and a full arching also unchanged the overall effect is somewhat similar to a sports car that - in order to gain added performance - has had its suspension lowered i.e. the instrument has a really commanding, muscular - "Squat" - type of appearance.

Have you ever seen any other Hawkes Panormos in the "Squat Model" form?

Well yes we have - but only one which bore a large hand written label dated September 28th 1894.

Does this instrument have a label?

Unfortunately it appears that for one reason or another the original label has been removed. The slightly lighter impression of where the original label once was is visible through the F-hole. We are pretty certain however that this instrument does date from the last decade of the nineteenth century and that there is a high degree of probability that the two "Squat Model" instruments were made to a special-order or orders in exactly the same year.

Is that an educated guess?

Yes. When you consider that the two instruments have;

  1. Near identical measurements.
  2. Near identical flaming to both the back and ribs.
  3. Near identical varnish type and colour.
  4. A slightly darker colouration to the actual scroll and peg box.

- We believe that most people would support the theory.

It's a real bummer about the label. Are there any other positive forms of ID on the instrument that we can rely on?

Apart from the two smaller measurements - which we have to say are highly unusual - this instrument just shouts out that it is a Hawkes Panormo of the very best quality.

As for positive I.D it can easily be observed - as indeed with all Panormo model instruments - that the words HAWKES & SON LONDON are engraved at the bottom of each of the two brass half plates on the pegbox. In addition - the large (3.0cm (h) x 2.1cm (w)) capital purfilled letter "H" below the back button confirms 100% that this is a top of the range Panormo Model instrument.

Can you tell me a little bit about the instruments that were manufactured by Hawkes & Son?

Yes we can. The instruments manufactured by Hawkes & Son during the latter quarter of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century were often supplied to the many army and military bands that existed especially in England. There were three grades of instruments, namely Professor, Concert and Panormo, that were based on the unsurpassable form of Vincenzo Panormo's instruments.

All the models are characterized by their violin outline, deep ribs and generous proportions. The Professor was a flat back model with upper angle break, and often had outside linings, while the Concert and Panormo were produced with full swell backs. In addition there were some instruments that were manufactured in France - Riviere & Hawkes - based on an entirely different model.

Some instruments were made here in England but so as to meet the huge demand for these robust and well-constructed instruments a great majority were imported from Germany and France - the Concert and Panormo models being superior in their choice of timber, workmanship and finish than those of the Professor. In 1924 the four string Professor instruments were being advertised at £22, the four string Concert at £26 and the four string Panormo model was £36. For the three string versions of these same models prices were £20, £24 and £32 respectively. The advert aptly proving that in England there was still some demand three-stringed instruments even at this late date.

So the "Panormo Model" is King?

Yes it is. The Panormo instruments were made entirely in England reputedly by a man with the surname "Green" (Hawkes & Son did a great job in keeping the names of their makers a closely guarded secret) to an incredibly high standard. Just take a look at this instrument - the choice of timber is absolutely superb, the proportions are simply glorious, the scroll is masterful, the peg box is generous, the brass machines are to the highest standard of engineering (they are so, so smooth) imaginable and as for the varnish is of quite an unsurpassable quality.

Do you know anything of the instruments history?

Unfortunately not a huge amount, but what we were informed by the former owner is that he purchased it from Chas E. Foote Ltd, 10 Golden Square, Piccadilly in 1972 for the sum of £250-00.

The instrument looks to be in exceptional condition. Have you done much to it?

Really the only things that were required to bring this instrument into the great structural condition in which you now find it were; fit new neck and fingerboard, fit new bass bar, clean and fully set-up.

So what about the playability of this "Squat-Hawkes" Panormo

The advantages of the "Squat-Model" are obvious when one takes note of the string length. At a stat of only 105.0cm the playability of this instrument is almost as good as it gets. In terms of sound stats - all that we can say is that this too is almost as good as it gets. Obviously sound is a subjective matter for each individual player to decide upon but our impression of it is - full and rounded, yet with a superb punchy quality coupled with an unbelievable evenness across all four strings.

Tell you what. Why don't you have a little listen to this sound clip and see what you think.

Hear the Hawkes Panormo ... 

A video clip is now also available within our Multimedia Section - see the Hawkes Panormo being played, in a specially recorded performance by Juho Martikainen at the Shoppe.

Final Words:

Consistently the instruments that have been made by Hawkes & Son have proved to be quite an incredible investment. With the Panormo model instruments being as desirable as they are - the investment opportunity is sure to continue.

Stats:

LOB (length of back) - 110.5cm (43.50in)
Width across upper bouts - 56.0cm (22.00in)
Width across middle bouts - 39.3cm (15.50in)
Width across lower bouts - 68.5cm (27.00in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 24.0cm (9.47in)
Body Stop - 59.8cm (23.50in)
String length - 105.0cm (41.30in)

SOLD.

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