Louis Panormo 1850 #1978



  • United Kingdom London
  • Chord length: 632
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Brazilian rosewood
  • Tuners: Engraved tuners by Baker
  • Width of fingerboard at Nut: 46
  • Width of fingerboard at 12th fret: 58
  • Width of fingerboard at 18th fret: 62
  • String spacing at nut: 40
  • Neck Thickness under 1st fret: 20
  • String Spacing at bridge: 60
  • Neck Thickness under 10th fret: 25
  • Body length, excl. heel: 452
  • Body Width Lower Bout: 287
  • Waist: 178
  • Body Width Upper Bout: 228
  • Body depth: from 100 to 89


This is the top model offered by Louis Panormo from 1850. Serial number '1978' inked on the label.
Address given as 31,(inked in) High St Bloomsbury.
Carved 'P' on upper harmonic bar.
Rosette with mother of pearl diamonds and mother of pearl decorated bridge.
Back in dark chocolate coloured 4-piece brazilian rosewood, bookmatched from same wood as the ribs. The back has 3 bars (earlier versions had 2 only)
Ribs in matching dark chocolate coloured brazilian rosewood.
Original set of engraved tuners by Baker.
Fingerboard in ebony, slightly curved, and with original bar shaped frets.
Original strap button with large mother of pearl dot.

The case is a typical contemporary wooden example fitted for the guitar, painted black, and bears some very old travel labels, including one from W E Hill and Sons, and shipping labels to Bombay (specifying Baggage in the Hold!)


Top: Uncracked, with no repairs and with very light French re-polishing in the past.
There is a light strip of wood on the treble lower bout. This is not a patch or insert but is simply a change in the colour of the wood. There is a corresponding lighter segment on the bass side, but less obvious. (This is where the wood changes from earlier heartwood growth to later younger growth, and is just a feature of this particular piece.)

Original bridge. No distortion or sinking.

Ribs: some hairline cracks, all repaired and stable.

Back: Only one very fine crack on one section, repaired and invisible, and some cupping at the joins.

Neck: Cedar, undamaged with fret markers at 5th and 7th fret.

Head: Figure maple, in perfect condition, with a good set of engraved Baker tuners with mother of pearl buttons.