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The light honey coloured instrument, dated 1752, with an unusually high bridge by Semmelweiss and a brown canvas covered hard case by Gewa was one of several string instruments valued at up to £100,000 stolen from a home in North Finchley, London on or around Friday, August 15.

The family heirloom, owned by musicians Pal Banda and Susie Meszaros, is though to be worth in the region of £60,000.

Also missing following the raid were: a cello by Schweitzer c.1880 with a repair crack to the bottom part of the neck and a reddish coloured back; a reddish brown Mittenwald school violin c.1820 with signs of old worm to the ribs; and a viola by Alberti made in 1759 distinctive for its very small size and areas of wear.

Two bows were taken, one by Tubbs with a silver mount and another by Hart & Son with a worn gold mount.

Anyone with information should contact Hendon Police on 020 8200 1212 quoting crime reference number 242 6160/04.