ASHLEY, Frank Merwin Born 1867, Worked New York USA. Designer of ‘Gem’ and ‘Gala’ patent violins in New York c.1924. Trained as a mechanical engineer. Attorney and Counsellor in Patent Causes at New York 1924. Inventor of new shape violins named 'Gala' and 'Gem', made with bent rather than carved back and front plates, and one-piece guitar-shaped ribs. Stabilised with a brace rod running between the upper and lower blocks. The Gala Violin Design. No.. / Date.. / Made by F. M. Ashley, M.E. / Patent New York, U.S.A.