Gloss natural finish, 2-point teardrop shaped body, carved spruce top with ivoroid-bound oval soundhole, amber-stained flamed maple sides and carved back, ivoroid-b-w-b-bound top, ivoroid-bound back, maple neck with ivoroid-bound ebony fingerboard (frets have been replaced at some point and in the process the ivoroid fingerboard binding was cut partially through), 24 frets, small pearl dot inlays, non-original ivory bridge, engraved clamshell tailpiece, Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay with cutout, the back has ''Martin'' stamp, small initials ''C.D.F.'' and what appears to be ''Nov 1931'' scratched in the back of headstock by a previous owner, 4-on-a-plate tuners with ivoroid buttons and stamping in plate, replacement tortoise plastic pickguard, ~13-1/8'' scale length, 1-1/8'' nut width, excellent and rare instrument which was introduced to the marketplace well after the mandolin had peaked in popularity (and in very bad economic times), only 232 made, nice sound, with very cool oblong OHSC (rough on outside, but beautiful on the inside, red lining), VGC+ except for one repaired side crack and back center seam has been glued and cleated (SN:15048) Item ID 90U-5331. 14 photos at

Year Condition
1931 <Unknown>


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