Knutsen Harp Mandolin    

Here's a very nice, fully bound and inlaid fancy harp mando with a paddle-shaped headstock. 
Not for the first time, Knutsen uses a cut-off harp guitar label, leaving "C. KNUTSEN, Sole Patentee of the..." - but the words "sole" and "of the" are scribbled out with a pencil! As silly and cost-cutting as this is, he does the exact same thing on the next two similar instruments!

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HM13

                 Category

Harp Mandolins

                 Body Style

"Guitar-shaped, Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Jonathan Kellerman

                 Year (approx)

1910-1913

                 Label

"C. KNUTSEN, Sole Patentee of the..." (cut label, "sole" & "of the" scribbled out!)

                 Label Code SE4

                 Courses / Strings

4 courses: 8 strings on neck

                 Scale length

unknown

Woods

Top

red spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

ebony

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer

ebony

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood purfling, ivoroid

Back

ivoroid

Fingerboard

ivoroid

Headstock(s)

ivoroid

Soundhole

multi-colored wood purfling

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers, fancy pearl shapes in headstock

                 Pickguard

black plastic

                 Comments

 

 

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