Cromwell was one of the brands Gibson crafted during the years prior to WWII, to allow non-Gibson dealers to offer Gibson made instruments. There were many models of Cromwell guitars, but only three Cromwell mandolin models, including this very rare Florentine style mandolin. This creation, based on the Gibson F models, has the "lump" scroll which later appeared in 1971 A-5. The top is solid spruce with a wildly figured maple back and sides. Single ivoroid binding on the top and back, as well as surrounding the finger board, featuring the distinctive Cromwell white center stripe.
This instrument has been well played in the over in the 80+ years since it left Kalamazoo, with many handling marks, but crack free, with a straight neck and little fret wear.
It’s a rarely seen model (less than a dozen in existence) with that rare Gibson mid-‘30s tone.
$2,950.00 with oblong hard case.
note: Because of recent changes in shipping policies of the USPS, we can only ship within the U.S.