The bridges I see on original Selmer petite bouche guitars are very asymmetrical in height. What I would call normal or slightly over height on the treble side, but VERY tall on the bass side. Much taller than most any modern made Selmer style I've seen.
You can see this in the Close View of the two Selmers listed gypsyguitars.com as well as on Francois Charle's plans.
Anyone know why that is besides the obvious possibility that they just wanted to get the bass strings higher? The strings don't appear to be abnormally high, but it is hard to see.
It seems quite possible that the neck angle is greater than on modern guitars thus requiring a taller bridge? Doesn't this result in a higher break angle over the bridge and tonal differences. I wonder why we don't see more of this on modern replicas?