E. De Cristofaro, Roundback, Mandolin, c.1900, Naples
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.
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