1911 Weymann Mandolute
(Serial No. 14251) Excellent condition. This is an early mandolute, as it has a round "Patent Applied For" label inside instead of the usual Weymann label. The patent was granted in 1912. The Weymann Mandolute was one of the products sold under Weymann, the Philadelphia-based brand of Weymann and Sons. The 'mandolutes' are mandolins. It has a 9-1/4" body width, teardrop shape withe the top slightly overlapping the ribs like a violin, Natural finish top with darker back and sides, top is spruce and back and sides are figured curly maple, 21 fret ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, beautifully intricate marquetry rosette, ebony bridge with added bone insert, tortoise pickguard inset into the top, herringbone top binding, engraved nickel tuning machine cover plates and nickle tailpiece cover, ivoroid tuner buttons, gold "WEYMANN - KEYSTONE STATE - MANDOLUTE" decal on back of peghead, Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay, 1-3/16" nut width and a 13-3/4" scale. These appointments are similar to the later Style 40. Shows some minor playing wear but no cracks or repairs are evident. Has a nice low action as it was set up by luthier Richie Dotson here in Richmond. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by Richie. Comes with a newer cardboard case.
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