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1. COLLINGS, Mandolins, MF Deluxe, NEW, The MF Deluxe provides upscale features like grained ivoroid neck and peghead binding, an ivoroid bound pickguard and glossy nitrocellulose lacquer top, with satin finish at the back and sides. The top is fully carved solid Adirondack spruce with a beautiful sunburst finish. The back & sides are highly figured Eastern maple. The figured maple neck has a rounded-V profile. The MF produces a rich, woody tone. Measurements: nut width 1-1/8", string spacing 1 9/16", scale length 13-7/8". Deluxe TKL hard shell case included. (Our #32205) 6900.
2. COLLINGS, Mandolin, MF-5, 2005, It has a carved top of Adirondack spruce, the two-piece back and sides of beautiful highly flamed maple, Cremona- brown sunburst finish, in excellent lightly used condition and in its original hard case (Our #32385) $6,000.
3. COLLINGS, Mandolin, MT, NEW, An artist-style body of fully carved Englemann spruce ff-hole top and flamed Eastern Maple back and sides. The top has a sunburst gloss finsh, and a satin finished back and sides with tortoise colored binding with black & white purfling. The neck has a rounded-V profile with a 1-1/8" nut and 13-7/8" scale and a tortoise colored pickguard. Comes with a hardshell case. (Our #32154) 3050.
4. DOUG UNGER, Mandolin, One of A Kind, This mandolin represents the many facets of artistry that have earned Doug Unger his reputation as one of America's great treasures of lutherie. It was definitely made during Doug's lifetime, but even he doesn't recall exactly when. A good guess would be the 1980s or 1990s. The body shape is a slightly expanded A-model with a Renaissance outline and elevated fingerboard, with two braces (from top to bottom). The one-piece back and the sides are made of select curly maple. The top is of spruce with striking black finish that sets off the pearl border at the edges. The custom pickguard follows the outline of the body and finishes at the bridge with a cutaway in the style of very early Gibson pickguards. The pierced tailpiece cover alludes to design patterns of the 19th century. The ebony fingerboard has a slight radius. The peghead is inlaid with an elegant neoclassic flower pot. The scale length is 13-7/8" and the nut width is 1-1/4". There is one 3-1/2" repaired crack (repaired with cleat reinforcements) in the top at the bottom edge to the left of the tailpiece (bass side). Portable foam shell case included. (Our #32650) $5,500.
5. EASTMAN, Mandolin, MD315, NEW, This Florentine style body features a solid carved maple back and sides with a satin sunburst finish. The top is made of solid carved spruce with a satin lacquer finish and a radiused fingerboard. The bone nut measures at 1-3/32" and the scale length is 13-7/8". Comes with a sturdy padded gig bag. (Our #31594) $699.
6. EASTMAN, Mandolin, MD515, NEW, This Florentine-style bluegrass mandolin features a carved solid spruce table and carved solid maple back. The gloss finish is a nice light sunburst brown lacquer. The ebony fingerboard has a 12" radius, and the bone nut measures 1-3/32", with a scale length of 13-7/8". The action is nice and easy and this mandolin comes with the original hard case. (Our #31596) $999.
7. GIBSON, Mandolin, A, 1921, A very nice straight A model in Sheridan brown finish with birch back and sides. Built in the period before truss rods were installed - this mandolin nonetheless has a very nice straight neck. The neck angle is a bit high and the top a bit low - but the action plays very well (quite low, actually) with a tall fixed original bridge. The sound is full and meaty. The brace is solidly glued - but the top has slightly flattened out over it's life thus far. Frets are the original narrow low Gibson mandolin frets. No cracks and in excellent very original as well as sound condition. Hard case included. (Our #31189) $1,100.
8. GIBSON, Mandolin, A, 1927, This is a Style A mandolin with a black top finish, It has a c.1960 Gibson factory electric conversion. A black P-90 pick-up was installed in the soundhole-and the soundhole was cut out at the sides to accommodate it, along with a slot cut into the pickguard. There are two gold "top hat" control knobs. At the same time the tuners were replaced & the finish oversprayed. The mandolin has white top binding and a white celluloid soundhole ring. It is in overall excellent conditio, with some wear to the top 5 frets, and in its original hard case. The pickup is working-but itís not a humbucker. In all, a really attractive and fun electric mandolin with easy action & an old-time sound. (Our #32227) $1,350.
9. GIBSON, Mandolin, A, 1920, This standard A model mandolin in brown finish is a terrific instrument in excellent condtion. The top arch is full and there are no cracks. The one-piece mahogany neck has a nice V-shape. The pickguard, tailpiece & cover, and bridge are all original. The bridge has been cut down for nice low action. We upgraded the tuners to the Stewart MacDonald restoration hardware. Measurements: 1-3/16" nut, 13-3/4" scale. The original hard case is also included. (Our #31462) $1,600.
10. GIBSON, Mandolin, A, 1924, This mandolin has the classic period snakehead peghead with The Gibson in silver stencil, the top with black finish, white celluloid binding, and wide white soundhole ring; it has an adjustable truss-rod and an adjustable bridge; its just the way we like to see them: completely original (pickguard, tailpiece, etc.), in excellent condition, and in its clean original hard case (Our #32267) $2,450.
11. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-0, 1929, A birch body with a dark brown finish and no bindings. It has an adjustable truss-rod, nice full frets, and a new adjustable Siminoff bridge. "Gibson"is in white silkscreen on the head and the fingerboard is made of ebony. There are two small cracks on either side of the tailpiece that have been sealed and stabilized. It is in overall excellent condition and comes in its original hard case with red lining. (Our #27756) $2,200.
12. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-00, c.1934-35, Has an attractive sunburst finish and a carved-arch top with white binding, nice reproduction tuners, an adjustable truss rod, and a flat back. It lacks a pickguard but is otherwise original and in excellent condition. Comes with a new hard case. (Our #25292) $950.
13. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-1, 1939, Has a sunburst top, two-piece maple back, a rosewood fingerboard with dots, and a deco-shaped head with "Gibson" in white silk screen. The Kluson tuners have white buttons and there are minor ff-hole cracks (above both the left and right ff-holes and below the right ff-hole). It also has an adjustable truss rod and later adjustable bridge. The scale length is 14 Ĺ" and it is 11-1/4" wide. In overall good condition and comes in the original soft case. (Our #26529) $1,250.
14. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-1, 1923, Black top finish and top & back bindings in white celluloid. It comes with an adjustable truss-rod, a snakehead peghead, adjustable bridge and simple soundhole rings. Completely original including the tailpiece cover, and the Waverly "arrowhead" tuners & pickguard. It is in excellent condition with some very minor player wear and finish wear to the top below the treble end of the bridge. We find it very easy to play and it sounds great! Comes with the original hard case. (Our #31002) $2,750.
15. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-1, 1923, A black top finish and both the top & back have white bindings. It has a snakehead peghead, Waverly "arrow-head" tuners, and an adjustable truss-rod. It is completely original including the adjustable bridge, pickguard, tailpiece, and tuners. The white rod cover is obviously later but we decided to leave it because we felt it looked cool on an otherwise black instrument! There is no logo or fingerboard bindings and the inked numbers on the label are accurate but later. In overall excellent condition and comes with the original hard case with green lining. (Our #31353) $2,750.
16. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-2, early 1923, The two-piece slab-cut maple back with some birds eye figure to the bass side, and a brown finish. It has an adjustable truss-rod and adjustable bridge and is in very good overall condition with the exception of a 2-1/2" repaired crack just to the left of the soundhole. Comes in the original hard case. (Our #27104) $2,200.
17. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-2 Z, 1923, This is rare black-top A-2Z, with the double soundhole rings like on many of the early A-2 Zs, and the square-ended cheaper tuners. It has a snakehead peghead with "The Gibson" inlaid in pearl on the head and an adjustable truss-rod and adjustable bridge. This mandolin has a two-piece birch back, a black top finish with the top, back, and fingerboard with white bindings. There is a small area of fill/retouch just below the treble side of the rosette which is original but missing the pickguard. It is otherwise in excellent condition and includes the original green-lined hard case. Plays & sounds great. (Our #29819) $4,500.
18. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-3, 1920, Has a two-piece back, a two-piece straight mahogany neck with even low action, and is fitted with a modern adjustable bridge (the original bridge is included in the case). It has a white top finish and the original grained white celluloid pickguard is in great shape. The frets show minor wear and it is in excellent overall condition with the exception of some pick scratches. Comes with the original hard, purple-lined case. (Our #29161) $2,250.
19. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-4, 1925, A wonderful example of a Loar period Gibson A-4 mandolin in a dark Cremona sunburst finish with a snakehead peghead and two piece back of broadly figured birch. The parts are all original, including the tuners, and itís in excellent condition with the original green-lined hardshell case. (Our #31587) $6,000.
20. GIBSON, Mandolin, F-2, early 1929, A two-piece back, an original tailpiece with cover, plain tuner buttons, and a Cremona sunburst finish. Has a truss rod and original tuners, and an adjustable bridge and pickguard. The nut measures at 29mm (nearly 1-3/16") and there is an old repaired lower heel crack. It is otherwise in wonderful condition and a terrific player. Comes with a nice original hardshell case with pink-red lining. (Our #29878) $4,000.
21. GIBSON, Mandolin, F-4, 1926/1927, Has a beautiful broadly curled one-piece slab-cut American maple back and a deep reddish sunburst finish. There are visible lacquer lines but no cracks, and the finish is mostly gone from the back of the neck. The original frets are worn and there are various areas of player wear. It is original except for the Stew- Mac Waverly vintage-style replacement tuners. The sound is rich and characteristically big as expected from this period F-4. Comes in a new rectangular hard case. (Our #29656) $6,500.
22. GIBSON, Mandolin, F-5, 1924, Bears a Master Model label dated Dec. 1, 1924 and has been signed by Lloyd Loar. It has a dark "Cremona" brown sunburst finish. The neck has side binding, the nut width is 1 - 3/32", and there is flowerpot peghead inlay. There is no Virzi and it is original with the exception of a period nickel-plated Gibson tailpiece cover. It is in overall excellent condition with no cracks or repairs and shows only minimal player wear. Comes with the original rectangular hard case with red lining. (Our #32036) INQUIRE
23. GIBSON, Mandolin, F-5, 1923, This particularly fine sounding F-5 ,serial number 71839, bears a Master Model label dated Jan. 5th, 1923 and is signed by Lloyd Loar. It has a "Cremona" brown sunburst varnish finish and a peghead with inlaid flowerpot. The nut width measures at 1-3/32" and the scale length is 14". There is a Virzi Tone Producter (Virzi number 10482) and it is original with the exception of new Waverly reproduction tuners in silver with pearl buttons. Comes in the original rectangular hard case and is in overall excellent condition. Provenance: owned since 1938 & played until recently by Ely Karasik, a member of various mandolin groups including the first mandolin chair of the American Mandolin Orchestra in New York (c.1950) and the Denver Mandolin Orchestra, & was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Classical Mandolin Society. (Our #31816) INQUIRE
24. KENTUCKY, Mandolin, KM-252, NEW, A solid German spruce top and a solid carved maple back and sides with a natural amber finish. It has an A-5 style ff-hole body, a raised rosewood fingerboard, and a tapered snake head. The nut measures at 1-1/8" and the scale length is 13-7/8". A very heavy duty well padded leather-look brown gig bag is included. (Our #32525) $475.
25. MARTIN, Mandolin, A-K, 1928, Made from especially nice koa with prominent narrow curl. It has an ebony fingerboard, an inset pickguard, and is completely original. There is one glued grain line opening on the treble side of the top. It is in overall excellent condition and includes the original hard case with worn out handle. (Our #30083) $1,450.
26. MARTIN, Mandolin, Style A, 1941, All the standard features of the Martin A model, with a nice sunburst finish. Spruce top, mahogany back and sides, ebony fingerboard, original tortoise colored pickguard and binding, ebony nut. Original ebony bridge, original tailpiece with cover, original tuning gears that work well. Two areas of finish damage with retouch under the strings behind the bridge, and a little gouge in the treble rib. Original hardshell case included. Measurements: scale 13-1/8", nut 1-1/8" (perhaps a little less, like 1-3/32"). (Our #31655) $1,000.
27. MARTIN, Mandolin, Style A, 1942, This is the cleanest wartime sunburst Martin mandolin we have ever seen - it has mahogany back and sides, a spruce top with a sunburst finish, tortoise colored plastic bindings & pickguard, and an ebony fingerboard & bridge. It is completely original, near mint condition, and comes in the original rigid soft case. (Our #27684) $1,500.
28. MARTIN, Mandolin, Style B, 1919, This is similar to the style 21 guitar. It has a rosewood body, it has an unusually choice-looking spruce top, herringbone trim around the soundhole and the center of the back, rosewood bindings, and an ebony fingerboard with slotted diamonds and squares. It also has an engraved tailpiece cover & tuner plates. It is completely original and in excellent condition with the exception of 5 worn frets. Comes in the original hard case with purple lining. (Our #26847) $1,500.
29. MICHAEL MENKEVICH, Cittern, Cittern/Octave Mandolin, c. 1976, Made for us by reknowned classical guitar maker Michael Menkevich, we designed this back in the 1970s using a Martin mandola for the body outline. The flat top is spruce with an X-brace, and the back and sides are Brazilian rosewood, that we bought at one of the Martin sales of excess materials back in the early 1970s. We've set this up with octave mandolin strings and it is super fun to play with a full and resonant sound; Dimensions: Total length: 31-3/4", length of back with heel: 14-1/2", body width: 11-1/2", body depth: 3-1/16" tapering to 2-15/16", scale length: 20", nut width: 1-1/4" (Our #23407) $1,500.
30. ODE TUT TAYLOR MUSIC, Mandolin, The Givens Mandolin A-10, c.1975, Aside from being a terrifically playable mandolin with great action, a comfortable neck, and big tone, this instrument tells a great story about the history of modern mandolin making. Ode was originally Chuck Ogsbury's banjo company. He sold the company to Baldwin. Tut Taylor and Bob Givens made instruments for Baldwin/Ode in Nashville out of the former Grammar guitar factory. The body of this mandolin is an A-Artist shape with ff-holes. The two-piece back and the sides are made of maple and the two-piece top is of spruce 92 parallel braces), all with a rich dark sunburst, the ebony fingerboard has large frets in excellent condition and finishes with a scoop over the body. The snakehead shaped peghead is set up with gold plated and engraved open-gear tuners with pearloid knobs. The tailpiece is also gold plated. Hard shell case included. Scale length is 13-7/8" and nut width is just shy of 1-1/8" or a bit more than 1-1/16" (probably 1-3/32"); label: THE GIVENS MANDOLIN/ Manufactured by/ THE TUT TAYLOR MUSIC INC./ Nashville- Tenn--Distributed By/ Gretsch-CincinnatiOhio/ Serial No 7543 (Our #32649) $1,250.
Mandola & Mandocello
31. GIBSON, Mandola, H-0 Mandola, 1940, A maple body with a white top and back binding, a sunburst finish, and a tortoise-color pickguard with white binding. It has ff-holes, an adjustable truss-rod, a later Gibson rod-cover, an adjustable ebony bridge, and is X-braced. It also has 4-in-line Klusons with black buttons. The top is slightly depressed under the treble ff-hole but is in stable condition. The back has birds-eye figure and some overspray. Both the bridge & tailpiece are 1920s and correct/original to the instrument. It is in very good condition and comes in a home-made black wooden case. (Our #32094) $1,500.
32. GIBSON, Mandola, H-1 Mandola, 1911, Built in 1911 before the introduction of the truss rod, this mandola has the comfortable full neck of the period. The top is orange with two concentric rope rings, and in good condition, with white binding around the top, back and fingerboard. The accessories - tuners, tailpiece, and pickguard - are original. The original bridge has had the individual inserts replaced. The mandola is in very good-plus condition and comes in the original hard case with purple lining. (Our #31356) $2,500.
Antique Mandolins
33. AMERICAN, Mandola, Roundback, c.1900-1910, This roundback mandola has 39 rosewood ribs with light colored spacers and a rosewood clasp with edging. The inset wooden pickguard is decorated with a shaded wood marquetry butterflyThe tailpiece is engraved aluminum tailpiece, and the tuner knobs are celluloid. The headstock has a pearl vine foliate inlay, with a carved pearl finial. The oval soundhole is identical to that of a Gibson style 4 mandolin. There are 10 frets to the body and 19 total, and the scale length is 16-1/2". The top has flattened out (originally these are slightly canted or bent tops) and there is an are of surface wear on the top below the bridge. There are also two fine cracks in the clasp. Could be Italian immigrant work in New York. No case. (Our #22401) $475.
34. AMERICAN, PERHAPS VEGA, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1900, Certainly American and possible by the Vega company. This mandolin has a label calling it "The Chase" mandolin. The body is of 15 flat rosewood ribs and clasp, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. The top has a plain inset tortoise colored pickguard. The top is depressed in the bridge area. No case. (Our #26872) $250.
35. ANTONIO GRAUSO, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1891-1913, A roundback mandolin with 35 rosewood staves and clasp, with light wood spacers between the staves. The top is bound with multi-ply black and white binding. The soundhole rosette is a ring of pearl decoration inset into a black band. The pickguard is inlaid with scrolling pearl designs. The headstock has a rosewood inlay and pearl bushings around the string post holes. The fingerboard is dark rosewood with pearl fret markers. needs binding repaired and setup. The tuner knobs are of bone. The bridge is missing and the binding needs to be reglued at the treble side and is mising a 2"section. No case. (Our #26465) $500.
36. BRUNO, Mandolin, Roundback, Style No. 4, A deep roundback body with 17 alternating rosewood and mahogany ribs. The top has violin purfling, enclosed tuning plates to front of head. Plain rosewood pickguard inset inside the top. There is, unfortunately, a chunk of wood missing from around the soundhole, and a crack in the bass side of the top. The frets are rough.. No case. (Our #32407) $150.
37. CONRAD SCHMIDT, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1900-05, A very handsome instrument with 37 rosewood ribs & a rosewood clasp decorated at the bottom end with an inlaid star. The ebony fingerboard with fancy pearl flowerpot & scrolling vine. The inset pickguard with ornate pearl inlays. The tuner cover plate is gold-plated and the tuners have pearl buttons. The neck is pulled up somewhat. Otherwise excellent condition. No case. (Our #25794) $750.
38. E. DE CRISTOFARO, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1900, This Italian mandolin is in very good original and playable condition and bears the original label: E. DE CRISTOFARO, Fabbrica in Napoli. The top is inscribed and signed in ink by the maker just above the bridge on the bass side and the spruce top is edged in rosewood. The rosewood string cover extends to the sides, it has a bell-shaped soundhole, and the tortoise colored plastic pickguard is decorated with ornate mother of pearl blocks and ornaments. The round back is made of 25 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes and the neck is very good straight rosewood. It has an extended ebony fingerboard with 29 brass frets and is decorated with mother of pearl markers. It also has an ebony and metal bridge, a metal nut, enclosed machine heads with iv. buttons and a metal cover engraved with floral ornaments. It is in good condition with the exception of an open top crack. This has a case. (Our #26601) $900.
39. FARINI & FIGLIOS, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1900, This roundback mandolin has the lighteness and slender neck typical of Neapolitan instruments. The body is of 20 rosewood staves. It is, sadly, in poor condition with two long top cracks, some pearl inlays missing from the rosette, and damage to the clasp are and bass side edge. The bridge and tailpiece are missing. No case. (Our #25763) $200.
40. FRANZ SCHWARZER, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1900, A roundback mandolin with a bowl of 21 staves of alternating maple & rosewood, the clasp of of a contrasting wood, with a new chipboard case. The bridge is missing but the top has a nice angle and the fingerboard is rosewood. Two of the staves are cracked. (Our #29049) $250.
41. GIOACCHINO TROTTO, Mandolin, Roundback, 1792, This mandolin is labeled: Gioacchino Trotto fecit/ Anno 1792 accosto le/ grade di S. Demetrio. IT has twenty slightly fluted cypress staves with dark stained maple spacers. The neck is veneered in ebony and iv. and it has tortoiseshell over the fingerboard. There are ten brass frets, an oval hole with pearl designs inlaid into red mastic, and an inlaid tortoise pickguard. Condition: requires restoration to the table binding and repair to a few cracks; otherwise intact with the original boxwood pegs. Comes in an old wood case. (Our #23323) $3,000.
42. JOSEPH BOHMANN, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1890-1900, Known for his eccentric work, Joseph Bohmann made a variety of different types of fretted instruments, including mandolins. This instrument has a body of 21 birdseye maple staves and a walnut clasp. The fingerboard and headstock are rosewood. The top has a simple inset pickguard. The broken headstock has Bohmann's fanciful star shaped tuner grommets. Not only is the headstock broken through, it has a hefty bad steel shank repair screwed to the back of the head, and the top edge is missing. So is the bridge. Also, there's no case. But, it's nifty! (Our #31737) $300.
43. LOVERI, GIUSEPPE, Mandolin, Roundback, This roundback mandolin has 21 rosewood staves and a clasp, pearl top binding, and an inset tortoiseshell pickguard with scrolling pearl inlay. It is in need of quite a few repairs and comes in a soft case. The top has detatched from the bowl along one side and the original tailpiece is present but not attached. Also missing some of the pearl edging around the top. Very rugh frets (Our #23725) $150.
44. LYON & HEALY, Mandolin, Roundback, Improved Columbus, c.1900, A very simple roundback mandolin with nine mahogany ribs in the bowl. The pickguard is missing and the action is high (it has a tall bridge). There is also a crack in the top just to the left of the bass strings. No case. (Our #32406) $100.
45. LYON & HEALY (PROBABLY), Mandolin, Roundback, c.1905, With the label of a Philadelphia music shop, this mandolin has probably been in the city since it was made. The body has 15 rosewood staves and a clasp. The inset pickguard has decorative ivoroid (celluloid) inlay. The ebony fingerboard has 4 pearl dot markers. The slim peghead is simple and without inlays. The top is depressed in the area of the bridge and the holes for the screws of the tailpiece need bushing. Frets also need trimming and levelling. No case. (Our #26303) $250.
46. MARTIN, Mandolin, Roundback, Style 4, 1907, This mandolin has 30 rosewood ribs, engraved German-silver tuner plates, and it dated on the underside of the top: "2111/ 6/4/07/ F.H.M.". It also has a bound mahogany neck, a bound top with abalone trim and is in particularly fine original condition - it looks like it's been in a time capsule! Comes with the original hard case. (Our #26957) $2,500.
47. MICHELE MARATEA E FIGLI, Mandolin, Roundback, 1894, A roundback mandolin with 17 rosewood ribs and clasp. The neck & head are veneered with rosewood. The rosewood fingerboard has two large pearl dots and two incised pearl squares. This requires major restoration: the top is ungled at the bass-side, the pickguard & bridge are missing, and the headstock finial is gone. There is no finish on the top. No case. (Our #25764) $250.
48. REGAL, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1896, A beautiful example of an American made roundback mandolin. The body is made of 37 rosewood ribs and clasp, with binding around the clasp, top and fingerboard. The top has a wide marquestry border and matching rosette, with a n inset pickguard inlaid with pearl decoration and a lyre design. The ebony fingerboard has inlaid pearl fret markers, and the tuners have inlaid Handel buttons and engraved cover plates. The bridge is missing - as are a few bits of pearl. No case (Our #28648) $400.
49. STELLA, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1915, This roundback mandolin has 18 rosewood staves with light wood spacers, a bound spruce top, an inlaid pickguard, an original Stella label, and enclosed tuners. The overall condition is ok, but the action is quite high, the pickguard is popping up, and it looks like it has some finish overspray on the back and neck. No Case (Our #22411) $100.
50. VINACCIA SCHOOL, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1890-1900, Nice Neapolitan work in the style of the Vinaccia family. It has 30 maple staves with a maple clasp, a tortoiseshell pickguard, and an unbound rosewood fingerboard. The fingerboard has simple slotted squares and diamonds, and the spruce top has rosewood and pearl edging. The rosette has pearl inlays, the tuners have bone buttons, and there is an original nickel plated lyre shaped tailpiece cover. The inside has paper linings but no makerís label. It is in playable condition and includes a nice newer hardshell case. (Our #27503) $1,500.
51. WASHBURN, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1900, A beautifully cracfted mandolin with a body of 21 rosewood staves and a bound rosewood clasp. The spruce top has an inset pickguard inlaid with pearl foliate decoration. The ebony fingerboard has 5 engraved pearl inlays. The nickel plated tailpiece cover and the tuning gear cover plate are also engraved. The bridge is missing. Do also note that the head is broken completely off. Oops. At least we didn't do that. With an old beat black soft case. (Our #24880) $250.
52. WASHBURN, Mandolin, Roundback "The New Washburn 1897 Model", c.1897, This roundback rosewood body has 38 staves & a rosewood clasp bound in ivoroid. The top and soundhole have pearl trim, and the birdseye-figured maple neck has an engraved silver-plated gear-plate. It also has pearl buttons, an abalone fingerboard with engraved designs and an engraved silver-plated tailpiece cover. This is a highly attractive mandolin but it is in need of some restoration; specifically, it would require a neck reset & pulling-up of the table under the fingerboard. Otherwise, it is in very nice condition. (Our #25329) $1,250.
53. WEYMANN, Mandolin, Roundback, 1909, A roundback with the Weymann Keystone State label at the back of the head. The body is of 18 rosewood ribs. The bound fingerboard is of ebonized wood with 7 pearl dot fret markers. There is colored marquetry around the top & soundhole, and white binding around the top. The tuners have pot metal buttons and cover plates at the rear. The bowl has crush damage at the back side. The top is in nice condition. No case. (Our #32405) $100.
54. WEYMANN, Mandolin, Roundback, 1910, A nice, though injured Weymann mandolin. The bowl of 36 rosewood ribs with a rosewood clasp. The tuners are mounted at the front with engraved cover plates. The tailpiece tailpiece cover is also engraved. The top is bound and has a nice marquetry border inset with squares on point., The top has three cracks - two that someone tried to repair poorly. The bowl is in very nice condition. The headstock is cracked through and through and the name C.A. Cox is lightly carved into the back of the head. No case. (Our #30013) $250.
55. WEYMANN, Mandola, Roundback, 1906, A very nice and hard to find Weymann mandola with a full body and nice meaty rounded neck. The bowl is made with 17 rosewood staves and a clasp. The neck is mahogany. The top has cream colored binding and a nice colorful marquetry border. The dinferboard is ebony with modest dot inlays. This is not far from being playable. There are two open seams in the back and a short open seam at the top edge. The bridge, saddle and nut are swimming around inside the body. Lower bout 9-1/4", scale 16-1/2". No case. (Our #24268) $400.
56. WEYMANN, Mandolin, Roundback, 1908, This is a beautiful example of the "art mandolin" of the period. The rosewood body of 69 staves with clasp, the top with a wide band of pearl and the soundhole with a rosette of dots and concave diamonds in pearl, pearl inlaid pickguard and fingerboard, decorative pearl inalys in the headstock, engraved gold tuner-plates with pearl buttons, engraved and gold-plated tailpiece, no case (Our #26996) $1,250.
57. WEYMANN, Mandolin, roundback, model 15, 1914, One of the more basic styles of roundback mandolin made by the Weymann company. The body is of 13 rosewood staves with a clasp, The spruce top is very plain with a very simple inset pickguard. Open gear tuners help put this at the later side of roundback production. The bridge is missing and frets are rough. There's a bad wound to the back of the bowl with some wood missing. No case (Our #32408) $100.
58. WILLIAM C. CLOPTON, Mandolin, Roundback, 1906, This eccentric patent model mandolin came to us in the same tragic condition that you see it here, which is really a shame since it's so cool. The body has a dowel rod running from the neck to the end block, though it doesn't seem to have helped with stability since the neck joint is pulled open. The boat like bowl is one piece and has a crack in it. There are some loose braces swimming around inside the body - but no sign of the section missing from the top. This is sort of what happens when a banjo and a mandoline and a boat have a baby. Bit of a big restoration project - but what fun! No case. (Our #22461) $175.