Knutsen Harp Mandolin    

I'd have to say that this fellow is as nice as my black-top, and about as fancy. The curving bridge is spectacular (so much so, that I have to wonder if Knutsen made it).
What's extremely unusual is that it appears to have a normal neck heel - Knutsen never used heels on ANY instruments after 1900. How and why did he do it?!

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HM9

                 Category

Harp Mandolins

                 Body Style

"Guitar-shaped, Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Vintage Instruments

                 Year (approx)

1910-1914

                 Label

"C. Knutsen, Sole Patentee" in blue bordered rectangle

                 Label Code SE5

                 Courses / Strings

8 courses: 8 strings on neck, 4 bass

                 Scale length

unknown

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer

unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored strips of celluloid and/or wood

Back

ivoroid

Fingerboard

ivoroid

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

wood rings

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers, fancy pearl shapes in headstock

                 Pickguard

pearl closed-wing butterfly inlaid in ?

                 Comments

instrument currently available from Vintage Instruments

 

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