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Christopher Davies
  • Portland, OR
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seeking advice on a couple early guitars. Here's the second guitar
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Same questions: orginal bridge? Deciphering of maker/dealer of belly? Likely year? early 6 string or converted 5 course?Thanks for your opinions.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Davies Jun 30.

seeking advice on lyre-guitar
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I've acquired a lyre guitar that appears to be dated 1801, Lavary Fils A ParisDoes anyone have any experience with these such that you can recommend weak points or other issues I might want to be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sinier de Ridder Jul 7.

help with label on my 19th century guitar
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Hello all, I have what I assume is a 19th century guitar, and am curious if anyone has opinions about it. The label says Benoist Fleury but my understanding is he's mid-late 18th century, which makes…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Martyn Hodgson Nov 29, 2017.

 

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Sinier de Ridder replied to Christopher Davies's discussion seeking advice on lyre-guitar
"Hello Christopher, in fact this guitar was made in Mirecourt (like just maybe 80% of the guyitars of this period) and the bracing is probably closed to this one …… the soundholes are typically from Mirecourt,  best…"
Jul 7
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Christopher Davies's discussion seeking advice on lyre-guitar
"Probably Savary, a known instrument maker. Google "Savary luthier". Congratulations, a very attractive instrument!"
Jul 7
Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion seeking advice on lyre-guitar
"If when I'm able to peer in with an endoscope I find loose braces, it would seem one ought to go in through the bottom, and I'm guessing first step is to remove the base edging with care. Again, if anyone has done this and can advice,…"
Jul 4
Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion seeking advice on lyre-guitar
"I'm also curious to know what the number 18011 means.....1811? 1801? the same maker's label appears under the other soundhole, and appears to just say 1801, though there is a dirt smudge which could obscure another digit..."
Jul 2
Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion seeking advice on a couple early guitars. Here's the second guitar
Jun 30
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Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion seeking advice on lyre-guitar
"Here, I hope is the attached picture. If there is no picture, I didn't succeed in attaching it."
Jun 29
Martyn Hodgson replied to Christopher Davies's discussion help with label on my 19th century guitar
"Jalovec's  indispensable  'Encyclopedia of violin- makers'  gives Benoit Fleury's dates as 1751 - 1791 ( no other suitable Fleury candidates are listed) but it also shows a specimen of his label  (seemingly…"
Nov 29, 2017
Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion help with label on my 19th century guitar
"Thanks for looking!"
Nov 28, 2017
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion help with label on my 19th century guitar
"It’s definitely 19th century! I can’t really tell from this one photo, but the paper label may not be correct?"
Nov 28, 2017
Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion help with label on my 19th century guitar
"That is odd, they are visible on my screen. Sorry, I wonder if there's something awry."
Nov 28, 2017
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion help with label on my 19th century guitar
"Can’t see the photo?"
Nov 28, 2017
Christopher Davies posted a discussion

help with label on my 19th century guitar

Hello all, I have what I assume is a 19th century guitar, and am curious if anyone has opinions about it. The label says Benoist Fleury but my understanding is he's mid-late 18th century, which makes no sense. Fake or transfered label? Pictures of the guitar and the label are below.I apologize for the upside down picture of the label.Everything seems original except the frets, and I suspect the fingerboard as well. Would a mid-19th century date be a reasonable guess?ThanksSee More
Nov 28, 2017
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guitar with confusing Benoist Fluery label
Nov 28, 2017
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"Bastien Luthier" stamp

"BASTIEN and PACHEREL François Bastien (1786-ca. 1850), who made various musical instruments including “serinettes”, and Pierre Pacherel (1803-1871) luthier, like many others left Mirecourt to settle in Nice; in 1814, Nice was…"
Apr 18, 2016
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"Bastien Luthier" stamp

"a new brand never saw before! thanks, very interesting. Bastien was really discret and it is not easy to find infos about……"
Apr 18, 2016

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At 8:09 on April 18, 2016, Sinier de Ridder said…

Bastien was a luthier from Mirecourt, he worked during the frontier 18/19th century, he went to Turin, then to Nice which was Italian town at this period. His guitars are well considered, sometimes in the Turin school, sometimes in the Mirecourt shape. Can you post a photo of the brand?

Thanks, Françoise

At 1:22 on December 30, 2015, Rocky Mjos said…

Welcome to the EG+V network, Christopher!

 
 
 

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