manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1906 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F4
Factory Order number: 232
Blackface 3pt torch & wire with star & crescent inlaid pickguard. Was fitted with a teens style fingerboard & tailpiece cover & had suffered a peghead split & neck heel crack. Has since been restored.
Rosewood back & sides, and unusual virzi-like device installed on a single tone bar brace inside the body. Perhaps this was installed at Gibson at the same time the teens fingerboard & tailpiece were put on.