"In 1934, W. E. Hill and Sons sold the cello to Emanuel Feuermann (1902-1942), one of the greatest cellists in the world. Feuermann used it for many concerts and recordings, hence the name of this cello."
Nippon Music Foundation: Feuermann Stradivari
Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments, Charles-Eugène Gand, Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Spa
"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, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IV, No. 1, Lancaster, PA