From the owner:
Telesforo Julve was the most influential guitar maker in Valencia Spain in the earlier years of the twentieth century. He was the most respected among his peers who included Salvador Ibanez and Vicente Tatay, and he produced an amazing number of instruments in his career, including mandolins, bandurrias, steel string guitars, harp guitars and more. About 1919, he began vigorously exporting his instruments to two markets, Holland, through the music retailer Voortman, and Mexico, through the retailer Casa Veerkamp. Both relationships were very successful, and in Mexico his instruments were especially popular. When German U-boats made shipping difficult starting in 1939, Telesforo licensed Casa Veerkamp to have guitars labeled Telesforo Julve made by competent Mexican makers during the war. This is one of those guitars. Most likely made by the influential shop of Jeronimo Villafan in Mexico City. Villafan’s copies were successful, spurring the store and Villafan to make their own brand known as “La Valenciana,” which is a trade name still used. This guitar is one of very few of the Mexican made Telesforo Julve guitars remaining, and it has been used primarily as a flamenco guitar. It has mahogany back and sides, an unidentifiable wood on the top, and rare shop made tuning machines. The string length is 650, and its sound is delightfully antique, like the guitar itself!