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1902 Jerome Thiboville Guitar from Lamy & Cie

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Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy, abbreviated as J.T.L., was a French musical instrument making company, formed in the mid 19th century from the merger of pre-existing makers. It was based in Mirecourt, France, and was active producing large numbers of woodwind, brass and stringed instruments until the mid 20th century. The company also made large numbers of mechanical organs and organettes between 1880-1910. Some of these models were made with license of the Gavioli company.

The name was adopted around 1867 after Louis Émile Jérôme Thibouville, a partner in the instrument maker Husson-Buthod-Thibouville, married Marguerite Hyacinthe Lamy, a cousin of his business partners, and upon becoming owner of the firm he renamed it using their combined names: Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy.

Thibouville was descendent of a line of woodwind and brass instrument makers dating back to the 16th Century. However, he was primarily an entrepreneur who was keen to develop a business in stringed instruments, and was not himself a luthier or bow-maker. The company grew quickly, and at its peak it reached annual production rates of over 150,000 instruments produced by more than 1,000 luthiers.

Presented is a Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy & Cie guitar with a Sangerfeud Gesetzl-Gesch label in the interior it dates to the early 1900’s. It is classified as a romantic style guitar with six strings. The top is fine grain spruce, with a beautiful ebonised bridge, some very neat chequer binding and a Mother of Pearl decoration to the sound hole, typical of French guitars at that time. It features a LaCote style head. The sides and back are Rosewood. Shows heavy use and wear throughout from play/age/transportation.  Includes the Luthiers & Paris original case. Most likely, originated from the Worlds’ Fair event as this style of instrument made it’s way to a larger market.




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