Jean-Joseph Martin was born in Mirecourt in 1837 and trained there until the age of 21, when he was invited to work for Vuillaume in Paris. It took him ten days to walk the 230 miles from Mirecourt to Paris. Five years later, in 1863, he returned to Mirecourt, married, and by 1870 his workshop was making around 150 bows a month! Around 1880 he was making bows branded J. Guarini for Menesson and also working for Thibouville-Lamy. He trained a number of bow makers, including Arthur Vigneron, but sadly his business failed in 1880. Despite his financial difficulties, he continued to make bows until his death in 1910, many of which are branded J. Martin.
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