Signed by Lloyd Loar March 31, 1924 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1924 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Factory order number unknown
Virzi Serial Number 10120
The "Red Fern Loar", the "Eugene Claycomb" mandolin, authentic F4 finish, original gold hardware, Virzi removed, somewhat thin top.
Darryl Wolfe: Eugene Claycomb was the original owner...The F4 and F5 in the photo were owned by him. Henry Garris acquired them both..along with catalogs and such from Mr. Claycomb (or his widow). There is an original bill of sale (dated 1926) where Mr. Claycomb took possession of the new instrument. The date is a bit odd, but maybe Gibson had alot of stock at the time. Henry spent a night at my place on the way to Nashville. He sold the mandolin thru Mando Bros around 1995 and passed away a few years later. I have his original Catalog N, to remember a real "character by". RIP Henry