Rare 1917 MANDOLIN GUITAROPHONE SPECIAL ~Oscar Schmidt?
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Sold Date: 06/10/2008
Channel: Online Auction
The label on the front left corner of this great vintage instrument states:
T are 2 openings and inside each hole is a label stating the following information:
Regular Price $25.00
Patented March 21, 1916
Patented April 17th, 1917
American Mandolin Harp Co.
87-101 Ferry Street
Jersey City, NJ
Thisparticular instrument is designated "SPECIAL" on the label in thebottom right corner. Be sure to check out the photo and notice the ship.
This vintage 1917 instrument is very rare and would make a wonderful addition to your antique instrument collection.
This 91-year old mandolin guitarophone measures 15" wide, 17" tall and is 1-1/2" thick. It is said to be related to the autoharp and was also called a bell harp. T are 15 metal hammers that all work well when you press the buttons. On the left side is a remnant of a paper and it looks like it can be removed. The first string on the left has broken but is present. All others are present and working. Please see photos for condition. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.
*** A fellow Ebay member wrote to me after viewing this auction and gave me permission to post his comment:
" Based on the address my money says this was made by Oscar Schmidt - the originator of the 1920's Stella Blues guitars - good luck - I have never seen one of these before."
Fast shipping. Items are usually mailed out within 24 hours after receipt of payment.
I will be happy to ship Worldwide. International bidders must pay via paypal in U.S.funds only. Sorry, no international money orders.
U.S. buyer to pay within 3 days from end of auction with Paypal or Money Order. If you have questions please email. Thanks so much for looking!
Just to let you know, it looks like the shipping will be less than what is listed. I included the insurance in with the shipping amount and it appears that I miscalculated the insurance. If you are the winner of this item, please wait until I send you a revised invoice with the correct shipping and insurance amount before paying. Thank you.
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