c. 1831 Joseph Gerard
Joseph Gerard (c. 1806–1844) was a favorite maker of the acclaimed British guitar virtuoso, composer, and tutor Catharina Josepha Pelzer, later known through marriage as Madame Sidney Pratten. Gerard likely arrived in London after 1830 to build guitars in the R. & W. Davis workshop (please see the R.&.W Davis guitar attributed to Gerard in […]
c. 1831 R.&W. Davis
Cousins Richard and William Davis opened their luthier workshop in 1822 on Coventry Street in London’s West End. Their quaint storefront, with double bow-fronted windows and the royal coat-of-arms over the door, was very different from the building that stands there today with its assorted curio shops catering to tourists. Their elaborate guitar labels depicting […]
c. 1831 Anton Stauffer
Johann Georg Stauffer had three sons: Franz, Johann Anton, and Alois. His second son, Johann Anton (1805–1871), pursued a career as a pianist in his youth, but began working for his father building guitars in 1826. He took over the family business in 1833, although Georg continued to make guitars well into the 1840s.
1831 Gennaro Fabricatore II
Gennaro Fabricatore II of Naples worked with his father, Gennaro I, building fine guitars in the first half of the nineteenth century. He was also the grandnephew of the legendary luthier Giovanni Battista Fabricatore, credited with building some of the earliest six single-string guitars.