AMERICAN, Mandola, c.1900-1910, New York
This interesting roundback mandola has 39 rosewood ribs with light colored spacers and a rosewood clasp with celluloid edging. The inset wooden pickguard is decorated with a shaded wood marquetry butterfly. The tailpiece is engraved aluminum, and the tuner buttons are celluloid. The headstock has a pearl vine foliate inlay, with a carved pearl finial, and rear-mounted engraved nickel-plated tuner plates. The oval soundhole celluloid inlay is identical to that of a Gibson style 4 mandolin. There are 10 frets to the body and 19 total. 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. No case. The top has sunken slightly below the bridge, and the frets are worn, so it is minimally playablke at present. Total length: 28″, width: 9″, scale length: 16-1/2″; This is most likely New York Italian immigrant work (Cerrito, Ciani, etc., and does resemble somewhat the work of DeLuccia in Philadelphia)
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