Knutsen Harp Hawaiian Convertible Guitar 

In their book, Noe & Most mention Knutsen's proclivity for borrowing wood from old furniture. This instrument's owner, Jonathan Kellerman, knows his furniture as well as his guitars, and firmly believes that that's exactly the scenario here!
6/25/02: Jonathan adds, "Kerry Keane, head of musical instruments for Christies and one of the experts on the Antiques Roadshow was by last week to visit the collection. He knew nothing about Weissenborns or Knutsens and was fascinated by the instruments. When he looked at the fancy mahogany harp guitar - the one we'd surmised was cut from furniture - his comment was, "Looks like he cut up a Queen Anne table." I'm virtually certain the same wood was used on your mandolin." (HM3)
Whatever the source, this is a gorgeous instrument!
Note the more distinctive profile of the treble point, and then note that it is not carved and contoured on the backside, but a squared-off shortcut.
The tan-colored celluloid inlays were at the time considered just as fancy as pearl!

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  Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HCP8

                 Category

Convertible Guitars

                 Body Style

"'Upper Treble Point' Harp Hawaiian"

                 Current or last known owner

Jonathan Kellerman

                 Year (approx)

1914-1920s

                 Label

full "New Hawaiian Family" label, white

                 Label Code LA1

                 Courses / Strings

10 course: 6 strings on neck, 4 bass

                 Frets

raised metal to 14th fret, then inlaid wood

                 Scale length 24-7/8"
                 Neck Joint convertible brackets

Woods

Top

"furniture grade" mahogany

Back & Sides

"furniture grade" (aka crotch) mahogany

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

dyed mahogany

Bridge

Macasur ebony

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

rope

Fingerboard

rope stripes

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

double rope, and diamond shapes

                 Inlay

pearl dot and assorted tan celluloid fret markers

                 Pickguard

black plastic with tan celluloid inlay

Dimensions Upper Bout  
Lower Bout  
Body at endpin  

                 Comments

original low bone nut for true convertibility

 

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