Knutsen Mandolin    

This is (so far) Knutsen's only non-harp mandolin. Though I still wouldn't call it "normal." 
It has nine strings, which appear to be arranged in five courses, but it's difficult to tell. Most likely, they have a single, low fifth string - common to German waldzithers.
It's played by Knutsen's daughter, Evalda (or Evaulda) in the famous 1900 photograph.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

M1

                 Category

Mandolins

                 Body Style

"Custom"

                 Current or last known owner

Evalda Knutsen

                 Year (approx)

1898-1900

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

5 courses, 9 strings

                 Scale length

appears to be 13-14"

Woods

Top

unknown

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer

unknown

Binding, trim

Top

unknown

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

unknown

                 Inlay

hard to identify

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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