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Mandolin (style A2)

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One-piece arched back and ribs of birch. Arched belly of wide-grain spruce. Back, belly, fingerboard, and soundhole bound with white plastic. Soundhole encircled with purfling in herringbone pattern. Neck and headstock of mahogany; face of headstock ebonized. Tuning machines of steel with knobs...

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Inscription

Inlaid on headstock: The/ Gibson; printed label: … Gibson MANDOLIN Style A2 / Number [handwritten: 51056] is hereby / GUARANTEED …/ GIBSON MANDOLIN-GUITAR CO. / (Manufacturers) / Kalamazoo, Mich. U.S.A.; On tailpiece: The/ Gibson On pickguard: PAT MAR 30 '09

Provenance

Before 1982, Fred J. Zahn; by 1982, by descent to his son, Carl F. Zahn, Boston, Massachusetts; 1982, gift of Zahn to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1982)

Credit Line

Gift of Carl F. Zahn in memory of his father, Fred J. Zahn

1919

Object Place

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Dimensions

Length 65 cm, width 25.7 cm (Length 25 9/16 in., width 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1982.801

Medium or Technique

Birch, spruce, ebony, plastic

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones