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1913 Gibson F4 Mandolin #15839


1913 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1912 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Serial 15839
Factory Order number: 1900


Orange Top. Missing lower point protector. Refretted. The original case was the leather type, and has pretty much had it! The nut does not appear to be original (it's a sort of plastic, should be bone or mother-of-pearl), the bridge saddle would originaly have been ebony as well. Very sweet-sounding. Bears a label reading "Sole British Agent: A De Veckey, 1 Stafford Road, Bournemouth" beneath the "Guarantee" label

Eddie Williams tells me that this mandolin came into his family by way of a trade from an American serviceman in the trenches of World War 1. Lovely condition, very fiddle-like in appearance. The treble half of the top is very tightly grained spruce with nice siliking, the bass side is quite wide-grained by comparison. The back also appears to be made of 2 very different maple cuts. The color is not quite as orange as the later "pumpkin" ones, it's more like a violin varnish (especially the back) in appearance

From Eddie Williams


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Maple back
  • Orange or "pumpkin" finish
  • Single piece top
  • Handel inlaid tuners


From Dan Beimborn.
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