"This instrument was made in 1730 as one of the 70 to 80 cellos ever made by Antonio Stradivari. It is known for its relatively long and narrow shape of body. It was owned and played worldwide by one of the world's greatest cellist, Emmanuel Feuermann (1902-1942) since the late 1930s."
Nippon Music Foundation
Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994
"In recent years it has been the cherished instrument of the late Emmanuel Feuermann, who during his many tours showed it almost the consideration he would extend to a human being, always obtaining an extra berth for it in which the instrument reposed. In his home it rested upon its own special couch.. . . Unlike so many Stradivari violoncellos, especially those of earlier date, this has not had to be altered in size to make it playable in comfort."
The "Last" Stradivarius Violoncello, The Strad, November, 1944, London
"The consensus of the Hill concern was that while the modeling probably represented a final Strad experiment, since there were several others of this size among the late instruments, as well as at least one normal 29 1/16 to 29 15/16 instrument during this period, it was probable that the sons had had a hand in its construction."
Emmanuel Fuermann's Cellos, Seymour W. Itzkoff, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1977