1865 Francisco Guerra Flores, Spanish Guitar (Havana).


Make: Francisco Guerra Flores
Model: Spanish Guitar
Model Year: 1865
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: unknown.
Scale: 640 mm
Nut: 50mm
Finish: Original French Polish, very worn.
Tuners: Pegs
Country: Maker from Cadiz, but built in Havana.
Condition: Good.
Location: USA
Commission Sale. 

1865 Francisco Guerra Flores, Spanish Guitar (Havana).

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1865 Francisco Guerra Flores, Spanish Guitar (Havana).

2,500.00

Make: Francisco Guerra Flores
Model: Spanish Guitar
Model Year: 1865
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: unknown.
Scale: 640 mm
Nut: 50mm
Finish: Original French Polish, very worn.
Tuners: Pegs
Country: Maker from Cadiz, but built in Havana.
Condition: Good.
Location: USA
Commission Sale. 

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Francisco Guerra Flores was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz around 1828, and was a son of José Maria Guerra Rodríguez. In 1835, the family moved to Cádiz .He seems to have apprenticed with his father, but may have worked with his brother-in-law, Diego Costa, who was working in the 1840s with his father. Several addresses are associated with him. He was with his father at calle del Pasquín 11 (1839)  and at the Cuna Vieja, 181 (1844-1845) where Diego Costa was also living. During this period he also worked as at carpenter. In fact, he does not seem to have started building under his own label until after 1850. In 1850 he lived on the Calle de San Juan, 73; and in 1851 had a workshop on calle de Jardinillo, 103. In 1855, he moved his workshop to calle Cobos 74, but it moved again in 1856 to calle Bilbao, 1. In 1865, he again moved his workshop to calle Marqués de Cádiz. After 1865, Francisco disappears from the records in Cadiz. This guitar adds a chapter to what we know, as it makes apparent that in 1865 he moved to Havana, Cuba. 

The top appears to be made with German spruce, the neck is probably made of cuban Mahogany. The wood used for the back is unidentified, possibly walnut, Cuban mahogany, or a rosewood species. The red wood used in the headstock, fingerboard, and back strips appears to be Paduck. The quality of woods chosen suggests either fine tone woods were hard to come by in Havana, or that is was made to be more affordable, perhaps a necessity in Havana at the time.  While the bridge with its pins does not appear to be original (not being in the style of makers in Cadiz) but probably dates from the 19th century. Otherwise the guitar appears to be a survivor, well-used, and loved-- and belonged to the owner's father. On the whole, it appears to be solid-- there are a couple of possible cracks (see photo above the bridge). The setup appears to be comfortable and appropriate for classical. Restored this guitar would sell for more than twice what is being asked.