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Jérôme-Thibouville-Lamy (1833-1902) was the most important musical instrument maker in France. The original firm started making wind instruments around 1730 at La Couture-Boussey then moved to Mirecourt around 1760 and started making violins, guitars, mandolins and musical accessories. Under Jérôme-Thibouville-Lamy - the name under which the company became known - the company was extremely successful, and opened offices in Paris, then in London. It made thousands of quality instruments that were exported throughout the world.

The company's primary fame was for violins. In the mid 1800's became the sole proprietor of various factories at the famous violin-making town of Mirecourt, France. He later opened up a factory in Paris, also making violins as well as other instruments. He was very successful in using machines rather than manual labor to produce musical instruments. Some of them were well made and some of his best independent work at Paris won awards in various countries. He often used the names of his own workmen or other made-up names on his labels.

Jérôme-Thibouville-Lamy was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1877. With offices in Paris and New York, he continued to expand and prosper supplying countless thousands of violins of various grades throughout the world. In 1891, his factories produced 35,000 stringed instruments in one year alone. In 1891, his cheapest non-purfled violins sold for $3.35 and his best "Virtuose" grade sold for as high as $128.00. This "Salvator" sold for $5.70 in 1891. The J.T.L. factories continued producing violins well into the 20th century - especially the "Sarasate" brand.

VIRTUOSE style B clone

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Typical openworks machine of the period



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