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Thread: Mandolin by Cousenon a mirecourt

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    I'm reminded of an old story I've told here before. I was at an outdoor flea market and a somewhat annoying lady was picking up costume jewelry and asking the vendor, "is this pewter?" After saying no to her about 10 times, he replied, "do you want it to be pewter?"

    It sounds like the OP wants it to be pre-WWII for some reason....

    Keep in mind, we are evaluating this instrument based only on the photos shown. I think most of us who have handled a lot of vintage instruments on a daily basis could date the instrument with good accuracy if we were able to hold the instrument in our hands, FWIW.

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    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
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    He also wants it to be a Cousenon, not a Couesnon.

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    From the Couesnon histoire that Jim posted:

    "This company still existed in 1956 in Mirecourt, but soon closed its violin-making workshops, to limit itself to its first activity as a wind instrument maker, in Chateau Thierry."

    Don't know what "soon" means in French years, but hints that pre-1960 might be a safe bet for these.

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    When I bought my nylon strung acoustic a few years back, I did as much research as I could and found nothing definitive about the firm other than it appeared to have ended production some time in the early 1960s. Of course, it may be that stringed instrument production ended earlier than this but nothing definitive has surfaced although there must be someone that knows the facts.

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