640 mm Scale, 50 mm Nut. Fine to Medium grain Spruce Soundboard and Indian Rosewood back and sides. 3 fan braces. French Polish. The label says the taller (family workshop) was founded in 1829.
To quote my colleague Ton Bogaard: The unusual lion in Francisco’s label may give an indication about himself. In the 19th century the lion was the symbol of the power of the people. It was in use by liberal and left wing parties. The lion was adapted as “official” symbol of the Spanish republics I and II. The period 1866 – 1874 was governed by revolution and a new republic constitution. An era of hope, high expectations and new opportunities. At that time it was a sign of trust in the new order. So it is most likely the first label of a young and enthusiastic luthier.
Felix Manzanero had 3 Francisco Pau guitars in his collection, 2 from 1880 and another from 1890.
Today March, 9, 2022 I have added an image from page 252 from the book: Awards Souvenir. Musical Instruments at the World's Columbian Exposition, published by The Presto Company Chicago April, 1895. showing Francisco Pau's name and describing why his guitar deserves an award:
Exhibitor. Group 158. Class 928.
Francisco Pau, Barcelona. Exhibit - Guitars.
This exhibit deserves an award:
"For excellence of tone, good workmanship and handsome finish."
Approved. K. Buenz (Signed) Esmeralda Cervantes,
President Departmental Committee. Individual Judge.