Rare 1917 MANDOLIN GUITAROPHONE SPECIAL ~Oscar Schmidt?

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 10, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House
The label on the front left corner of this great vintage instrument states:
Mandolin Guitarophone
Patents Pending
T are 2 openings and inside each hole is a label stating the following information:
Easy Method
Liberty Model
1917
Mandolin Guitarophone
Regular Price $25.00
Patented March 21, 1916
Patented April 17th, 1917
Manufactured by
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.
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