Archtop Mandolin, circa 1910


In the early 1900s, most mandolin makers continued with the traditional bent-top, round-back "taterbug" style, but the creator of this instrument was inspired by the new stye of mandolin that Orville Gibson had recently invented.

Whoever made this mandolin -- he didn't put his name on it -- carved the top and back in Gibson's arched style and trimmed the instrument out with an inlaid pickguard, mother-of-pearl tuner buttons and a spirit varnish finish.

This unusual mandolin (inv. #MF4083) comes with a form-fit rectangular case and is priced at $750.

This instrument is SOLD

For further enjoyment...

Close of body

Rim

Bridge

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Headstock

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Mandolin in case