Lob 310 mm. Made in Mirecourt, France. Mansuy was a label that Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy (JTL) used. With its pleasant sound this antique 1/2 violin is a suitable student instrument, warm, bright and open, mellow in the lower ranges. It was fabricated around 1925 in Mirecourt and is a rare example of small-size violins that bear the renowned brandmark "Mansuy". The typical French design of the body and the red varnish give a charming elegance to this violin, emphasized by the fine purfling. The top of fine grained spruce and the two piece back of mild flamed maple from the Vosges Mountains have traces of use that are typical for an instrument of this age. Hacklinger gauge measurements were done on this violin like many of our expensive instruments, showing the Stradivarius graduations throughout. This instrument is mounted with the highest grade French Aubert bridge with Dominant strings. This violin sings unusually well.