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# D4 Carlo Albertini (?) - Milan - Italy This rare antique 6-string Milanese mandolin has no label, but I was told that it probably has been built by Carlo Albertini from Milan around the middle of the 19th century.
It has nice mother-of-pearl inlays around the soundhole and an ebony scratch plate. The lute-like headstock has 6 tuning pegs also made of ebony as well as the scalloped fingerboard. The top is made of spruce, the round back has 15 ribs made of maple and probably rosewood.
The mandolin has some smaller repaired cracks on the soundboard but is in a really good looking and well playable condition. It is stringed with nylon but I don't know what strings have to be used.
The length of the mandolin is 22.5" (57 cm), the body is 11.5" (29cm) long and 8.5" (22 cm) wide, the scale length is about 12" (30 cm).

For more information and pictures please contact the seller directly: staufferguitars@web.de
Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Albertini (?)Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Albertini (?)
US$ 1'490.00 Milanese Mandolin around 1850
# 5 (Antonio) C. F. Martin, USA Branded inside. Perfect condition. Brazilian rosewood ribs.

Please contact seller directly: brogger@guitarbygger.dk
Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by C. F. Martin dated 1904 Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Stridente dated 1904
€ 2'000 Mandolin dated 1904
# 3 (Antonio) Stridente, Napoli - Italy From Napoli. Perfect condition. 39 fluted ribs with metal (silver?) between all. Lots of turtoise shell and mother of pearl.

Please contact seller directly: brogger@guitarbygger.dk
Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Stridente dated 1916 Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Stridente dated 1916 Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Stridente dated 1916
€ 5'000 Mandolin dated 1916
# 2957 E. de Cristofaro, Napoli - Italy A mandolin in good condition from around 1900, bearing the original label and signature: Sistema perfezionato triplando la sonorita, E. de Cristofaro, Fabbrica in Napoli, the top signed on the bass side near the bridge with ink but very faint. The tight grained spruce top and bell shaped soundhole edged with rosewood, plain irregular shaped scratch plate in ebony, the two piece flat back of flamed maple with rosewood center seam, flamed maple sides, good straight ebony neck, the extended fingerboard in ebony with 29 original brass frets and decorated with mother of pearl markers, ebony head, the open brass machine heads with bone tuners, ebony bridge with brass saddle, metal nut, ebony string cover extending towards the sides, total length 62.5 cm, scale 34 cm, width 22 cm, depth 8.5 cm, nut 2.9 cm.

For sale NOW at: 12Fret.com in Toronto, Canada, Tel. 416-423-2132
Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by E. de CristofaroEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by E. de CristofaroEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by E. de CristofaroEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by E. de Cristofaro
US$ 300.00 Mandolin around 1900
# 2911 Anonymous, Napoli - Italy An fancy Italian mandolin in good condition from around 1900, original and very decorative. The spruce top edged in tortoise shell and mother of pearl blocks, the soundhole edged in ebony with mother of pearl decoration, one repaired crack ca. 10 cm from the lower rim to the bridge, the tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, the round back of 23 fluted rosewood ribs interspersed with bone stripes, straight neck, the highly decorative mother of pearl fingerboard with 17 brass frets in good condition, the enclosed brass machine heads with bone tuners and metal covers engraved with flower ornaments, rosewood and bone bridge, bone nut, no strings. total length 59.5 cm, scale 33.5 cm, width 20.4 cm, depth 13.5 cm, nut 2.8 cm.

For sale NOW at: 12Fret.com in Toronto, Canada, Tel. 416-423-2132
Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by AnonymousEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by AnonymousEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Anonymous
US$ 500.00 Mandolin around 1900
# 2937 J. R. Gelas, Paris - France An unusual and rare douple top mandolin in very nice original condition, dated 1928, bearing the original label by the inventor of double top mandolins: Mandoline *Gelas*, Brevetée S. G. D. E. en France et à l'Etranger, J. R. - Paris, No 6467, signed and dated 1928, a brand stamp "Gelas" in the top near the fingerboard. The solid spruce top edged with ebony and colored wood going from the neck to the middle of the mandolin, underneath another spruce top coming from the end of the mandolin all the way to the neck holding the ebony and bone bridge, the soundhole edged with ebony and fruitwood, spruce and rosewood scratch plate, the two piece flat back of solid highly flamed maple, slightly bent neck, ebony fingerboard with 20 original worn frets, two dot markers missing, the open head stock with birdseye maple veneer, the brass machine heads with bone tuners, bone nut, total length 62 cm, scale 34.2 cm, width 20.8 cm, depth 7.4 cm, nut 2.6 cm.

For sale NOW at: 12Fret.com in Toronto, Canada, Tel. 416-423-2132
Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by J. R. GelasEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by J. R. GelasEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by J. R. Gelas
US$ 800.00 Double Top Mandolin dated 1928
# 2941 E. De Cristofaro An Italian mandolin in very good original and playable condition from around 1900, bearing the original label: E. DE CRISTOFARO, Fabbrica in Napoli, signed by the maker, also a label with the seller's name: Laurent Fantanzzi, Marseille. The spruce top edged in rosewood, the bell shaped soundhole and tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with fancy mother of pearl blocks and ornaments, the top inscribed and signed in ink by the maker just above the bridge on the bass side, the round back of 25 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, very good and straight rosewood neck, the extended fingerboard in ebony with 29 good brass frets and decorated with mother of pearl markers, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners and metal cover engraved with flower ornaments, ebony and metal bridge, metal nut, the rosewood string cover extending to the sides, with case, total length 62.5 cm, scale 34 cm, width 22 cm, depth 14.5 cm, nut 3 cm.

For sale at: Vintage-Instruments.com in Philadelphia, PA, USA, 215-545-1100
Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by E. De CristofaroEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by E. De Cristofaro
US$ 3'800.00 Mandolin around 1900
# 2914 Giovanni Battista Fabricatore A highly decorative mandolin in good and playable condition, dated 1797, bearing the original label: Gio: Battista Fabricatore, Napoli anno 1797, S. M. dell' Ajuto. N. 31. The spruce top bound with bone and decorated extending the neck and at the end in tortoise shell with mother of pearl ornaments, the tortoise shell scratch plate bound with bone, 2 professionally repaired hairline cracks from the bottom towards the bridge (ca. 5 cm + 4 cm), the round back of 27 fluted fruitwood ribs interspersed with stripes of colored wood, nice wood carvings around the bottom, the straight neck covered with tortoise shell interspersed with 9 stripes of bone, slightly high action, the tortoise shell fingerboard decorated with mother of pearl inlays and bound in bone with 10 metal frets plus 7 more frets in the top extending the fingerboard, the frets show lots of playing wear, the peg head covered with tortoise shell and mother of pearl stripes and ornaments, 8 boxwood pegs, the holes lined with tiny metal rings, the bridge of ebony and bone, ebony nut, 4 well-turned bone string holder knobs, total length 57 cm, scale 33 cm, width 18.5 cm, depth 14.5 cm, nut 2.7 cm.

For sale at: Vintage-Instruments.com in Philadelphia, PA, USA, 215-545-1100
Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Giovanni Battista FabricatoreEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Giovanni Battista Fabricatore
US$ 9'000.00 Mandolin dated 1797
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Reference Guide

Giovanni De Meglio, Napoli - Italy An attractive, all original mandolin in good condition, dated 1896, bearing the original badly tarnished label: Gav. Giovanni de Meglio e Figlio, Vico Lungo Gelso 53, Napoli, Anno 1896, Mod. 2, N. 3889, signed in red ink G. de Meglio, the top bearing the brand stamp: PRIVATIVA, DE MEGLIO, NAPOLI. The spruce top edged in tortoise shell and decorated with fancy mother of pearl flower ornaments, the tortoise shell scratch plate extending around the soundhole and decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, the round back of 19 rosewood ribs interspersed with fruitwood stripes (some stripes slightly higher than bowl), good rosewood neck, the ebony fingerboard with 17 good frets and decorated with mother of pearl inlays, ebony head, the enclosed machine heads with ebony tuners and metal covers engraved with flower ornaments, ebony, mother of pearl and brass bridge, bone nut, fancy string cover decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, needs new strings, in wooden coffin case, total length 60 cm, scale 33 cm, width 20 cm, depth 14 cm, nut 3.1 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Giovanni De MeglioEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Giovanni De MeglioEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Giovanni De MeglioEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Giovanni De Meglio
Mandolin dated 1896
Anonymous, Milano - Italy A high quality Milanese mandolin or mandora in excellent and playable condition from around 1870. The spruce top and soundhole edged with different kinds of wood inlays, Brazilian rosewood scratch and ebony end plate, the round Brazilian rosewood back interspersed with 13 fruitwood stripes and edged with rosewood flower inlays all around the bowl, the good neck ending in a lute style head edged with different kinds of wood inlays and mother of pearl face plate, five non original ebony pegs, one missing, the extended scalloped fingerboard in ebony with 20 good frets, ebony bridge, bone nut, total length 56.4 cm, scale 30.5 cm, width 22.5 cm, depth 12 cm, nut 4 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by AnonymousEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by AnonymousEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Anonymous
Milanese Mandolin or Mandora around 1870
Gennaro Lingetti, Napoli - Italy A mandolin dated 1908 and bearing the original label: Gennaro Lingetti, Fabbricante Di Strumenti Armonici, Napoli, anno 189_, also signed in ink: S. M. In Portico No 75 and the date 1908 . The spruce top edge in ebony and mother of pearl blocks, the soundhole edged in ebony and decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, the tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with mother of pearl lyre and flower ornaments, the fancy round back of 29 fluted rosewood ribs divided by pewter stringing, one section of the rosewood trim is missing (1 mm x 7 cm), good straight rosewood neck, the good ebony fingerboard with 17 frets, ebony head, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners and metal cover engraved with flower ornaments and "NAPOLI", bone and ebony bridge, bone nut, lyre shape metal string cover, needs new strings, total length 60.5 cm, scale 33.5 cm, width 20.5 cm, depth 14 cm, nut 3 cm. In modern case. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Gennaro LingettiEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Gennaro LingettiEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Gennaro LingettiEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Gennaro Lingetti
Mandolin dated 1908
Joannes Vinaccio An important mandolin in good original and playable condition, dated 1769, bearing the label: Joannes Vinaccio Filius Januarii, fecit Neapoli alla ftrada della Rua Catalana, A.D. 1769. The spruce top and rosewood scratch plate edged with bone and ebony, the sound hole edged in ebony with mother of pearl inlays, the table decorated with mother of pearl inlays near the neck and the end, the round back of 13 wide fluted fruitwood ribs interspersed with rosewood stripes, 3 repairs, the plain and straight neck, the rosewood fingerboard with 9 brass frets in good condition plus 3 wooden frets in the top extending the fingerboard, the peg head holding 8 non original ebony pegs, the laminated face plate made from rosewood with ebony and bone stripes, 6 bone pins holding the strings at the bottom, ebony bridge and nut, total length 53 cm, scale 31.5 cm, width 19.6 cm, depth 12 cm, nut 3.2 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by VinaccioEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by VinaccioEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by VinaccioEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Vinaccio
Mandolin dated 1769
Pietro Lippi An important early mandolin in good and playable condition, dated 1765, bearing a label: Pietro Lippi, Napolitana fece Marseglia 1765. The spruce top and soundhole edged with bone and ebony, the rosewood scratch plate bound with bone and ebony, the table decorated with ebony inlays near the neck and the end, the round back of 19 fluted fruitwood ribs interspersed with ebony stripes, some earlier repair in the lower middle and some varnish damage, the inside of the bowl covered with parchment, the straight neck decorated with bone and ebony stripes, the ebony fingerboard with bone stripes and 10 good metal frets plus 4 more ebony frets in the top extending the fingerboard, the baroque style head laminated with rosewood and inlaid with ebony and bone stripes, 8 ebony pegs some not original, bone and rosewood bridge, scalloped bone nut, total length 56.5 cm, scale 32.5 cm, width 17.5 cm, depth 13 cm, nut 2.7 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Pietro LippiEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Pietro LippiEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Pietro LippiEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Pietro Lippi
Mandolin dated 1765
Ermenegildo Ferrari, Napoli - Italy An unusual piccolo mandolin in original condition from around 1900, bearing the original label: Ermenegildo Ferrari, Via Roma, Napoli. The spruce top edged with ebony and maple, the soundhole edged in ebony with mother of pearl decoration, unique tortoise shell scratch plate, the round back of 19 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, one repaired crack at the lower back ca. 6 cm, the ebony neck slightly bent, the ebony fingerboard with 17 good brass frets, the ebony head with brass machine heads and bone tuners, ebony bridge and bone nut, in very attractive original birdseye maple case (needs work, joints open), total length 49 cm, scale 27.5 cm, width 15.4 cm, depth 10 cm, nut 2.7 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Ermenegildo FerrariEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Ermenegildo FerrariEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Ermenegildo Ferrari
Piccolo Mandolin around 1900
Giovanni Montaldi, Napoli - Italy A fancy Italian mandolin from the 1920s, bearing the original label: Giovanni Montaldi, Napoli, also seller's name on the label: Alban Voigt & Co., London. The spruce top decorated with aluminum ornaments (missing parts and lose), the scratch plate figuring a dragon in aluminum extending around the soundhole, the round back of 31 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, the bottom with a metal button engraved with flower ornaments on a crest shaped rosewood inlay, slightly bent rosewood neck, the extended ebony fingerboard ending in the dragon tail with 27 frets and decorated with aluminum markers, the rosewood head decorated with engraved but damaged aluminum ornaments, the enclosed machine heads with ebony tuners and decorated with aluminum flower ornaments, ebony and mother of pearl bridge with a metal saddle, metal nut, metal string holder engraved with flower ornaments, but badly damaged, total length 60 cm, scale 33.7 cm, width 20 cm, depth 15 cm, nut 3 cm. sold as is, need renovation. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by  Giovanni MontaldiEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by  Giovanni MontaldiEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by  Giovanni Montaldi
Mandolin around 1920
Carlo Loveri & Figlio, Napoli - Italy An Italian mandolin in good condition, from around 1880, bearing the original label: Carlo Loveri & Figlio, Via Monteoliveto No 50, Napoli, also signed in red ink by the maker Carlo Loveri e Figlio. The spruce top edged with ebony, the sound hole bound in ebony, the ebony scratch plate decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, the round back back of 19 ribs interspersed with maple stripes, good rpsewood neck, the rosewood fingerboard with 17 good frets, slight relese on the baseside, the rosewood head with open brass machine heads and bone tuners, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, metal string cover, total length 61 cm, scale 34.3 cm, width 19.5 cm, depth 13.5 cm, nut 3 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Loveri & FiglioEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Loveri & FiglioEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Loveri & FiglioEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Loveri & Figlio
Mandolin around 1880
Carlo Cristini, Napoli - Italy An attractive mandolin in original condition from around 1900, bearing the original label: Carlo Cristini, Napoli. The spruce top and soundhole edged in ebony with fancy mother of pearl and bone inlays, the tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with mother of pearl and metal flower ornaments, the round back of 27 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, the slightly bent rosewood neck needs attention, the ebony fingerboard with 17 frets, rosewood head, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, total length 62 cm, scale 33.3 cm, width 20.3 cm, depth 14 cm, nut 2.9 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo CristiniEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo CristiniEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo CristiniEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Cristini
Mandolin around 1900
P. & G. Soli, New Yor - USA An unusual triple string (4x3) mandolin in good condition from around 1900, bearing the original label: P. & G. Soli, New York, model La Regina. The bone bound spruce top and soundhole edged with different kinds of wood inlays, the tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with bone or bone ornaments, the round back of 19 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, hairline crack in the back (unrepaired),the mahogany neck slightly bent with a medium high action, the rosewood fingerboard bound with bone is worn in some places, 17 frets some of them worn, the original machine heads, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, metal string cover, needs new strings, total length 63 cm, scale 33 cm, width 19.7 cm, depth 14 cm, nut 3.3 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by P. & G. SoliEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by P. & G. SoliEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by P. & G. Soli
Tripple String Mandolin around 1900
Carlo Rinaldi, Napoli - Italy A very solid mandolin in excellent and playable condition from around 1900, bearing the original label: Premiata Fabbrica di excelsior strumenti musicali, Carlo Ri........ .......... (label too dirty to read, but is made by Carlo Rinaldi, Napoli). The spruce top edged with ebony and mother of pearl blocks, the soundhole in ebony and decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, the scratch plate designed as a fancy butterfly in mother of pearl and tortoise shell, the round back of 27 fluted Brazilian rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, good straight rosewood neck, the good ebony fingerboard with good probably non original frets, low action, the head with mother of pearl lined holes, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners and metal cover engraved with flower ornaments, bone and ebony bridge, bone nut, later metal string cover, in original fancy leather case, total length 59.5 cm, scale 33.5 cm, width 19.5 cm, depth 14 cm, nut 3.1 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Ri........Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Ri........
Mandolin around 1910
G. Puglisi, Reale & Figli, Catania - Italy An attractive mandolin in original excellent and playable condition from around 1900, bearing the original label and signature: G. Puglisi Reale & Figli Catania, also brand stamped on the top with the maker's name just below the bridge on the treble side. The spruce top edged with ebony and mother of pearl blocks, the ebony bound soundhole and tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, the round back of 26 fluted rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, slightly bent neck, the extended fingerboard in ebony with 24 good original frets and decorated with mother of pearl markers, the open head stock with original brass tuners and decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, ebony bridge, bone nut, metal string cover, total length 61.5 cm, scale 33.5 cm, width 20.3 cm, depth 13 cm, nut 2.5 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by G. Puglisi, Reale & FigliEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by G. Puglisi, Reale & Figli
Mandolin around 1900
Perrari, Napoli - Italy An attractive mandolin in good original and playable condition from around 1900, bearing the original label: Perrari, Fabricante di Mandolini, Napoli. The spruce top and soundhole edged with fancy ebony and mother of pearl blocks and flower inlays, the tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with and mother of pearl ornaments, one professionally repaired crack 11 cm, the round back of 27 rosewood ribs interspersed with fruitwood stripes, good straight ebony neck, the good ebony fingerboard with 17 good frets, the enclosed brass machine heads with bone tuners, bone and ebony bridge, bone nut, raised triangle shaped ebonite string cover, in leather case, total length 62 cm, scale 33.7 cm, width 20.3, depth 13.5 cm, nut 2.8 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by PerrariEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Perrari
Mandolin around 1900
Raffaele Calace & Figlio - Napoli An attractive mandolin in playable and all original showroom condition, dated 1931, bearing the original label, signature and photo: Comm. Raffaele Calace & Figlio, Piazza Cavour 98, Napoli, anno 1931, with a gold seal, also bearing a dealer's label: Musikhaus Ricardo Bertocchi, Rüti, Zürich. The spruce top edged with ebony and bone, the tortoise shell scratch plate extending around the soundhole and decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, the round back of 25 rosewood ribs interspersed with light colored fruitwood stripes, straight rosewood neck, the extended fingerboard in ebony with 24 frets and decorated with mother of pearl blocks, the rosewood head decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners and metal cover engraved with flower ornaments, bone and ebony bridge, bone nut, the fancy mother of pearl string cover extending towards the sides, in original leather case, total length 64 cm, scale 33.5 cm, width 19.7 cm, depth 15 cm, nut 2.9 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele Calace & Figlio Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele Calace & Figlio Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele Calace & Figlio Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele Calace & Figlio
Mandolin dated 1931
Raffaele Calace, Napoli - Italy A fancy, all original mandolin in excellent and playable condition, luxury model, dated 1921, bearing the original and signed label: Raffaele Calace, Napoli, anno 1921, with gold seal, also bearing the dealer's label: Hug & Co., Zürich, Switzerland. The spruce top edged with ebony and bone, the tortoise shell scratch plate extending around the soundhole and decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, one professionally repaired crack 14 cm from the scratch plate to the lower rim, the round back of 31 fluted rosewood ribs interspersed with white stripes, good and straight ebony neck, the extended fingerboard in ebony with 24 good original frets and decorated with mother of pearl blocks, the fancy ebony head decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners and fancy metal cover engraved with flower ornaments, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, the ebony string cover extending towards the sides and decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, in original leather case with accessories, total length 62.5 cm, scale 33.5 cm, width 19.5 cm, depth 15 cm, nut 2.8 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele CalaceEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele CalaceEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele CalaceEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele Calace
Mandolin dated 1921
Pasquale Carbonari An Italian mandolin in excellent and good playing condition, from around 1900, bearing the original label: Premiata Fabbrica di Mandolini Excelsior di Pasquale Carbonari, Napoli. The spruce top and soundhole edged in tortoise shell with fancy mother of pearl inlays, the tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, the round back of 19 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple, the lower end decorated with rosewood ornaments, excellent straight ebony neck, the ebony fingerboard with 17 good frets and mother of pearl inlays, the ebony head decorated with rosewood ornaments, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners and metal cover engraved with flower ornaments, ebony brass and mother of pearl bridge, metal nut, the lyre shape metal string cover engraved and figuring two fishes, a harlequin and flower ornaments, in a wooden case, total length 61 cm, scale 34.2 cm, width 20 cm, depth 14 cm, nut 2.9 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Pasquale CarbonariEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Pasquale Carbonari
Mandolin around 1900
Bruno: New York An unusual all original American high class mandolin with fluted ribs and extented fingerboard, bearing the original label: C. Bruno & Son, New York. This mandolin might have been built by C. F. Martin, because Bruno did sell mandolins made by Martin under his name. Martin and Bruno were friends and business associates. Bruno bought Martin's storefront property when Martin moved to Pennsylvania. The body of finest bone bound Brazilian rosewood, 33 fluted ribs interspersed with maple stripes (slight separation of 4 cm, only visable with strong light), spruce top with unrepaired cracks 13 cm and 3 cm, tortoise shell scratch plate extending around the soundhole and decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, bone bound extented ebony fingerboard with mother-of pearl inlays with small hairline crack and well worn original frets, bone bound headstock with floral mother-of-pearl decorations in front and back, fancy goldplated machine heads with mother-of-pearl tuners, mahogany neck with a slightly curve. Original ebony bridge with bone saddle, bone nut, metal string cover.
Measurements: - total length 62 cm - scale 34 cm - body length 32.5 cm - lower bout 19.2 cm - highest rim 14.5 cm - nut 3.1 cm
Early Musical Instruments, antique MandolinEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Bruno
Mandolin around 1890
Carlo Albertini e Figlio, Milano - Italy A Milanese mandolin in playable condition from the 1850s, bearing the original label: Carlo Albertini e Figlio, Fabricatori di Mandolini Lombardi, Mandole e Chitarre, 3. Vicolo S. Vito, Milano. The spruce top and soundhole edged with ebony and fruitwood, lots of earlier repairs, the round back of 17 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, slightly bent rosewood neck, the extended scalloped fingerboard in ebony with 20 good frets, the lute style head with 6 non original ebony pegs, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, total length 56 cm, scale 30.5 cm, width 22.4 cm, depth 12 cm, nut 4.1 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo AlbertiniEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Albertini
Milanese Mandolin around 1850
Umberto Ceccherini An Italian double top mandolin in excellent and playable condition from around 1900, bearing the original label: Umberto Ceccherini, Naples, also seller's name on the label: Alban Voigt + Co., London EC, serial number 2459. The spruce top and soundhole edged with the most amazing decoration of tortoise shell and mother of pearl, the scratch plate decorated in the same fashion, one professionally repaired hairline crack at the bottom ca. 8 cm, a second spruce table about 2 cm below the top from the soundhole to the end, some ink inscription on one of the braces, the round back of 31 fluted rosewood ribs interspersed with bone / ivorine stripes, incredible bone / ivorine inlays at the end of the bowl, the inside of the bowl covered in gold paper, the good straight neck in ebony with bone / ivorine inlays, the ebony fingerboard with 17 good original frets edged and inlaid with mother of pearl and flower ornaments, the ebony head edged with mother of pearl and decorated with mother of pearl inlays in shape of a bird, butterfly and flowers, the enclosed machine heads with mother of pearl tuners and metal cover engraved with flower ornaments, ebony and mother of pearl bridge, tortoise shell string cover decorated with mother of pearl bird and flower ornaments, in wooden case, total length 60.5 cm, scale 34 cm, width 20.3 cm, depth 14 cm, nut 3 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Umberto CeccheriniEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Umberto Ceccherini
Mandolin around 1900
P. Dabiero An unusual piccolo lyra mandolin in good overall condition from around 1900, bearing the original signed label: Octochordis Dabiero, TradeMark, P. Dabiero, Milano, the top brand stamped below the bridge: Octochordis Dabiero, P. Dabiero, TradeMark. The spruce top and soundhole edged in ebony and decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, the tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, one repaired crack on the bass side, the round back of 28 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes decorated in the center with a mother of pearl fleur de lys, the straight ebony neck needs a neck reset due to the high action, the ebony fingerboard with 17 frets and decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, ebony head, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners, the inside laid out in gold paper, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, in original wooden case, total length 49.5 cm, scale 25.8 cm, width 23 cm, depth 9 cm, nut 2.4 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by P. DabieroEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by P. Dabiero
Mandolin around 1900
Fratelli Nicola e Raffaele Calace - Napoli A highly unusual lyra mandolin in good original condition, dated 1897 and bearing the original signed label: Fratelli Nicola e Raffaele Calace, fu Antonio, Largo S. Domenico Maggiore N. 1 e 11, Napoli, Italia, N. 18306. The spruce top edged with ebony, rosewood and maple, the soundhole edged in ebony and decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, nicely shaped tortoise shell scratch plate, two well-turned bone knobs on the lyre tips, the two yokes with metal struts, the round back of 28 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, the good straight rosewood neck with a slightly high action, the rosewood fingerboard with 20 good brass frets, rosewood head, the metal machine heads with bone tuners, ebony and metal bridge, bone nut, in good wooden case, total length 62.5 cm, scale 34.5 cm, width 31 cm, depth 13 cm, nut 3 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Lyra Mandolin by Fratelli Nicola e Raffaele CalaceEarly Musical Instruments, antique Lyra Mandolin by Fratelli Nicola e Raffaele Calace
Lyra Mandolin dated 1897
Carlo Cristini An attractive mandolin in good original and playable condition from around 1880, bearing the original label: Fabbrica di Mandolini, Carlo Cristini, Napoli. The fancy spruce top and soundhole edged with ebony and mother of pearl blocks and flower ornaments, the tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with flower ornaments, some playing wear and scratches near the scratch plate, the round back of 29 rosewood ribs interspersed with fruitwood stripes, good straight rosewood neck, the good ebony fingerboard with 17 good frets, rosewood head, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, total length 61 cm, scale 33.5 cm, width 20 cm, depth 13 cm, nut 2.9 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo CristiniEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Carlo Cristini
Mandolin around 1880
C. F. Martin, Nazareth A Martin mandolin in playable, almost showroom condition from 1907, stamped on the back of the head: C. F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, PA, also stamped on the inside at the heel: serial # 2111. The spruce top and soundhole edged with highly decorativ mother of pearl bound in bone, the tortoise shell scratch plate decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, the back of 28 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes, good rosewood neck, the ebony fingerboard with 20 frets bound in bone and decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners and metal covers engraved with flower ornaments, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, engraved metal string cover, total length 61.5 cm, scale 33.2 cm, width 20.2 cm, depth 13.7 cm, nut 3 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by C. F. MartinEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by C. F. Martin
Mandolin from 1907
F. Lli Vinaccia, Napoli, A mandola in excellent, all original and playable condition, dated 1933, bearing the original signed label: F. LLI VINACCIA FU P. LE & C., FABBRICA DI STRUMENTI ARMONICI, Fornitori della R. Casa d'Italia, Primo Premio Chicago 1893 - Primo Premio Pondra 1898, Napoli Via S. SEBASTIANO n. 35 anno 1933, also bearing the original brand stamp on the top: BREVETTATO F. lli Vinaccia, Napoli. The spruce top and tortoise shell scratch plate edged with bone and ebony, the soundhole in ebony and decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, the round back of 30 fluted rosewood ribs interspersed with light colored wood and ivorine, no scratches or other blemishes, the good straight neck inlaid with tortoise shell and white stripes, the extended fingerboard in rosewood with 24 frets and inlaid with ivorine blocks, the lute style head ending in a nicely carved man's head, the original brass machine heads with bone tuners, bone and rosewood bridge, bone nut, total length 77 cm, scale 43.3 cm, width 26.7 cm, depth 21 cm, nut 3.3 cm Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by VinacciaEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Vinaccia
Mandola dated 1933
Raffaele Calace A fine original mandolin in very good and playable condition, dated 1931, bearing the original label, signature and photo: Prof. Comm. Raffaele Calace & Figlio, Via Egiziaca a Pizzofalcone 75, Napoli, anno 1931, with gold seal, also bearing the dealer's label: Musik Hug & Co., Zürich, Switzerland. The spruce top edged with ebony and bone, the tortoise shell scratch plate extending around the soundhole and decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, one repaired crack 10 cm on the bass side of the top near the bridge, the round back of 31 fluted rosewood ribs interspersed with light colored fruitwood stripes, straight rosewood neck, the extended fingerboard in ebony with 24 frets and decorated with mother of pearl blocks, the fancy rosewood head decorated with mother of pearl flower ornaments, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners and metal cover engraved with flower ornaments, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, the tortoise shell string cover extending towards the sides, in original leather covered wooden case with key, total length 63.5 cm, scale 33.5 cm, width 19.5 cm, depth 15 cm, nut 2.7 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele CalaceEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele Calace
Mandolin dated 1931
Raffaele Calace A very solid mandola in very good and playable condition, dated 1921, bearing the original label and signature: Raffaele Calace, Napoli anno 1921, with a gold seal attached, also bearing a dealer's label: Hug + Co, Zürich, Switzerland. The spruce top edged with ebony and bone, the soundhole edged in ebony and decorated with mother of pearl ornaments, one professionally repaired crack from the lower rim to the tortoise shell scratch plate ca. 19 cm, some playing wear between the bridge and the scratch plate, the round back of 19 maple ribs interspersed with ebony stripes, the inside of the bowl covered with paper, very good straight rosewood neck, the rosewood fingerboard with 17 good frets, rosewood head, the open brass machine heads with ebony tuners, one not original, ebony bridge, bone nut, total length 82 cm, scale 43.5 cm, width 27.7 cm, depth 19 cm, nut 3.4 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele CalaceEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Raffaele Calace
Mandola dated 1921
Federico Gardelli An unusual lyra mandolin in original and playable condition from around 1900, bearing the original label: Federico Gardelli, Napoli - Via Roma 52. The spruce top edged with maple and ebony, one repaired crack 18 cm, the tortoise shell scratch plate, the rosewood back with some small repaired hairline cracks, in the middle a moon bowl of 11 rosewood and 11 maple stripes, rosewood sides, good straight rosewood neck, the ebony fingerboard with 22 good brass frets, the arching rosewood head meeting the extended body, the enclosed machine heads with bone tuners, ebony and bone bridge, bone nut, in original case, total length 55 cm, scale 33.3 cm, width 19.7 cm, depth 11 cm, nut 2.8 cm. Early Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Federico GardelliEarly Musical Instruments, antique Mandolin by Federico Gardelli
Mandolin around 1900



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