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1935 Gibson F5 Mandolin #91144


1935 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1934 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Mandolin, Style F5
Serial 91144
Factory Order number: 1071


Fern, "The Gibson" at slant, another Apollon mando, block inlay.

Shipped to Dave Apollon 7/11, 9/6, and 10/24/35.

1935- owned by Dave Apollon originally, then later by a member of his band in Las Vegas during the 60s, 3rd owner bought it after he died in 89. Non original schaller tuners, the original pickguard isn't in the photos but is with in the case. Non original 50s style gibson case

Information from Ken Ypparila

From Joe Spann:
Gibson first shipped this mandolin on 19 June 1935 as a "salesman's sample" and sent it to their New England representative Robert Anderson. It evidently didn't sell and was returned. On 6 September 1935 it was shipped again, this time to "DAVE APPOLLON." He evidently returned it for some work and Gibson shipped it a third and final time on 24 October 1935 to "D. APPOLLON."


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  • Has original sales receipt or contract


From Darryl Wolfe.
Darryl Wolfe's F5 Journal is the authoritative work on the subject of Loar-signed and later Gibson mandolins

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