Knutsen Harp Ukulele    

This is a newly discovered label for the harp ukes. Tom Noe suggested that Knutsen may have been trying to patent the design of the harp ukulele bass arm. The fact that the New Hawaiian Family labels showed four instruments (including the harp uke) with the words "C. Knutsen's Patents" supports this theory. We imagine that he was hoping to patent the convertible guitars, and new designs for the harp guitars, mandolins and ukes - but was unsuccessful in all attempts. 

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HU12

                 Category

Harp Ukuleles

                 Body Style

"Standard"

                 Current or last known owner

Intermountain Guitar & Banjo

                 Year (approx)

1910-1914

                 Label

"Patent Applied For, C. Knutsen"

                 Label Code SE9

                 Courses / Strings

4 strings

                 Scale length

unknown

Woods

Top

koa

Back & Sides

koa

Neck

koa

Fingerboard

koa

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer

unknown

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope, wood

                 Inlay

2 dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

Thanks to Los Angeles dealer David Kalish for submitting.

 

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