Offered for sale; c1900 Lyon & Healy Bowlback Mandolin.
This Mandolin is in excellent condition. Neck and frets are fine, cosmetically quite nice. Neck binding repair is the only real issue. Due to the interior body lining the body is totally intact unlike most unlined bowl backs. The rosewood is clearly Brazilian. The sound is alive and resonant.
George Washburn Lyon and Patrick J. Healy founded the company in Chicago in 1864, after they moved from Boston to start a sheet music shop for music publisher Oliver Ditson. Determining Lyon & Healy's history is complicated because its building and company records were destroyed in two fires, including the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Two smaller fires did little damage to the firm and did not result in data loss. Company letters and trade catalogs don't provide exact dates that would reveal when Lyon & Healy began manufacturing instruments. An article in the Musical Courier states that Lyon & Healy began manufacturing instruments in 1885. Clearly, Lyon & Healy was making fretted string instruments in the 1880s, with Washburn (guitars, mandolins, banjos, and zithers) as their premier line. Today dedicated solely to harpmaking, Lyon & Healy harps can be found in leading concert halls and conservatories. To serious harpists worldwide, Lyon & Healy represents the highest standards in harpmaking available today.
This mandolin weighs 1.6lbs, has a 13” scale length and a nut width of 2 3/32”. This is a very playable and collectable instrument, a great piece of early mandolin Americana. Submitted for your approval. Nice mando, nice price.
Original soft case included.
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