Used by Jacques Thibaud until he died in a plane accident in 1953. The instrument was presumed to be also destroyed in the accident.
How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, November-December, 1953, Chicago
[Quoting Jacques Thibaud:] "My violin? It is a Stradivarius—the same which once belonged to the celebrated Baillot. I think it is good for a violin to rest, so during the three months when I am not playing in concert, I send my Stradivarius away to the instrument maker's, and only take it out about a month before I begin to play again in public. What do I use in the meantime? Caressa, the best violin maker in Paris, made me an exact copy of my own Strad, exact in every little detail. It is so good that sometimes, when circumstances compelled me to, I have used it in concert, though it lacks the tone-quality of the original. . . ."
Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick H. Martens, Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, New York