On 13th of March of 2017, Marc van Camp sent me photos of a small instrument he had secured on a flea market in Belgium. His instrument label contained some surprises:
FABRICA DE GUITARRAS Y MANDOLINAS DE
On a paper strip: Valero Ramon
[ Under the paper strip: MARCHUET, BOLUDA &, ¿?? ]
SUCCURSALE: 64, Quai de Rive-Neuve, 46 MARSEILLE
Marchuet, which is known as being from Barcelona and now can be traced back to Valencia before he settled down in Barcelona.
Boluda was already known, but the joint venture with Marchuet is new.
Their branch in Marseille (F) was quite a surprise and nowhere recorded.
Valero Ramon: the original names were covered by a piece of paper bearing the handwritten name of Valero Ramon. I could not trace this name and assumed it was the agent for Marchuet and Boluda in Marseille.
(that was march 2017)
The ultimate letters of the original names are irreadable and could form a word or a name.
A logical word would be Cia., but the letter C does not fit nicely in the torn label.
Candidate names could be Sol and Sor which look to fit better.
So far so good and everybody happy.....
Untill, 30 december of 2018. When using the right search engine with the right keyword plus plenty of searching time, I encountered this 1911 publication from the Spanish Consulate in Marseille of deceased Spanish people abroad:
That was my december bingo:
Valero Ramón Gimeno: 1865 – 1911, died as luthier, born in Valencia - and most probably apprenticed in Valencia – emigrated to Marseille, where he worked at the Quai de Rive Neuve number 46, described as branch of Marchuet/Boluda/??.
The question on the fourth person is still to be solved …. ..
this is a small label of a small instrument, but a giant source of information indeed.