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Washburn Bluegrass Instruments => Post your thoughts on Banjos & Mandolins => Topic started by: badkitty42 on January 03, 2008, 06:15:19 PM

Title: Please help me ID my mandolin
Post by: badkitty42 on January 03, 2008, 06:15:19 PM
I have my grandfather's beautiful Washburn mandolin, and I'm trying to find out more about its history and its worth.

Bowl shaped, oval shaped hole, 18 full frets (and 2 mini-frets at the inside of the neck), Dot inlay before the 5th fret, diamond inlay before the 7th fret, another diamond inlay before the 10th fret, and something that looks like a two-ended dagger as the inlay before the 12th fret.

The inside sticker says:  Highest award at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893/Gold medal and diploma of honor, Antwerp 1894.  The serial number is A-3218 (hand written serial number on the inside sticker).

I'm counting 15 ribs on the outside bowl (counting the two thicker ribs) The engraved silver back on the tuning head says Washburn.  It looks to have genuine ivory tuning keys.  

I can't come up with any more descriptions for this mandolin, although it looks very very similar to this one I found on Ebay:

http://http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-Brazilian-Rosewood-Washburn-Mandolin_W0QQitemZ320200009170QQihZ011QQcategoryZ119027QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem?_trksid=p1638.m118

Thanks for any input you can provide!                    Adam