1845 Husson et Duchêne


Make: Husson et Duchêne
Model: French Romantic Classical Guitar
Model Year: 1845
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Maple
Scale: 630mm
Nut: 44mm
Finish: French Polish
Tuners: Rogers
Country: France
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Tucson

 

1845 Husson et Duchêne

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1845 Husson et Duchêne

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Make: Husson et Duchêne
Model: French Romantic Classical Guitar
Model Year: 1845
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Maple
Scale: 630mm
Nut: 44mm
Finish: French Polish
Tuners: Rogers
Country: France
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Tucson

 

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The firm Husson et Duchêne was established in Paris in 1839 by two luthiers Claude Charles Husson (1811-1893) and Jean-Baptiste Colin Duchêne (b. c.1800-d.1889) This French romantic classical guitar was made between 1841-1845 when their shop was at Rue Grenéta, no 13. This firm eventually gave birth to Thibouville-Lamy, the largest purveyor of musical instruments in France. When Duchêne left the partnership in 1848, Husson took on a new partner, Charles Buthod (1810-1889). In 1861, they were joined by Jerome Thibouville. The firm of Husson, Buthod, and Thibouville brought together regional factories which made woodwinds at la Couture, brass instruments at Paris-Grenville, and string instruments (including guitars) at Mirecourt. By 1867, the partnership had become simply the firm Thibouville-Lamy. By 1900, Thibouville-Lamy had branches in London and New York. This firm, in fact, still exists. This little finely made French guitar has birds-eye maple back and sides, a very close grain spruce top, probably from some long extinct European forest, and a very lovely engraved rosette made of mother-of-pearl. Machine heads with ivory rollers. The scale is 625mm, with a 47mm nut. The tone is romantic, with intensely concentrated trebles, firm basses, and excellent volume. This Husson et Duchene classsical guitar has been restored and is in excellent condition.