Knutsen Harp Mandolin    

According to historian Michael Wright, this harp mandolin was played by Ben Zablan, of Keoki E. Awai's Royal Hawaiian Quartet - the house band at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.
Except for a subtle variation in the tip of the bass arm, it's hard to tell apart from HM5 (in
From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family by Noe & Most).
See the full image on the
Historical Photos page.

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(images copyright Colin McCubbin)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HM14

                 Category

Harp Mandolins

                 Body Style

"Lower Treble Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Ben Zablan, Royal Hawaiian Quartet

                 Year (approx)

1910-1914

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

4 courses: 8 strings

                 Scale length

unknown

Woods

Top

black

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer

unknown

Binding, trim

Top

hard to identify

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

hard to identify

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

hard to identify

                 Inlay

hard to identify

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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