1920 Lyon & Healy bowlback
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Thibouville-Lamy also called JTL was an old company in Mirecourt, France. It seems like they still exist but mostly deal in violins and accessories. I dod not knwo but they evidently still exist: Thibouville-Lamy site. According to their web site:
I have a JTL mandolin with a Phebe stamp on the soundboard. it looks very similar to yours. They must have had a store in Paris according to their label.History
The history of J Thibouville-Lamy dates back to 1790 in Mirecourt, France, where it was one of the biggest musical instrument manufacturers of its day.
Its production, which covered the whole range of instruments of the violin family, was of good quality and dedicated to both the French market and exports.
We find for example many instruments from this workshop in Great Britain and in the United States of America, where they are still very popular. Like other important Mirecourt workshops, Jérôme Thibouville Lamy developed a policy of trade marks.
In general, instruments bear the Jérôme Thibouville Lamy label, with quite often the JTL stamp to the inside neck’s block. A small number of them, among the nicest, bears the H. Emile BLONDELET or Louis FRICOT labels.
Pretty instrument! Lot's of character with interesting appointments.
How did you find your mandolin?
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent ~ Victor Hugo
Ebay of all places!
I got mine on eBay also. JTL made lots of instruments so they are all over.
Here is a page from a JTL catalog from 1907. Yours is a simpler variant of the 757 pictured. Does yours have mahogany back and sides or rosewood (palissandre)?
Also another pages from a 1901 catalog with similar mandolin pictured.
That's really interesting- thanks for posting the catalogue. I wouldn't really know how to distinguish the two woods at all unfortunately...