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1917 Gibson A4 Mandolin #39418


1917 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1917 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style A4
Serial 39418
Factory order number unknown


Serial Number in ink, handel inlaid tuners, "The Gibson" and fleur-de-lis inlaid in headstock, later red-plush hardshell case



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