Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Bowlback, US Made? Interesting

  1. #1

    Default Bowlback, US Made? Interesting

    I don't think this was a very expensive mandolin judging by the number of ribs. It does have some interesting features- the tailpiece and tuners. I am not going to speculate on the maker as I can't see anything specific that suggests a particular maker. I suppose there is a good chance it was made in Chicago but there again, it may be from somewhere else and a lesser known maker- possibly even north of the border.

  2. #2
    Full Grown and Cussin' brunello97's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Ann Arbor/Austin

    Default Re: Bowlback, US Made? Interesting

    The tuners do look odd....possibly replacements given the presence of a screw hole on the back of headstock below the plate.
    The worm over gearing is also of note. I'm giving my bowl posse the once over and don't see any natives with such.
    Maybe these were put on upside down?
    The front cover plate on the tuners doesn't seem related to the back tuners. Maybe a holdover from the original ones?
    Looks generically bowl ordinaire, but doesn't give off a Chicago vibe to me, for whatever that's worth. Could certainly be, though.
    Maybe Mid-Atlantic Rim?
    Ever tried, ever failed? No matter. Try again, fail again. Fail better.--Samuel Beckett

    '05 Cuisinart Toaster
    '93 Chuck Taylor lowtops
    '12 Stetson Open Road
    '06 Bialetti expresso maker
    '14 Irish Linen Ramon Puig

  3. #3

    Default Re: Bowlback, US Made? Interesting

    I think your observation about the tuners is correct. They probably are late 1920s worm over brass plate units that have replaced an earlier set that were matched with those plates on the front of the headstock although they may be older and upside down. The dot markers are reminiscent of OS made mandolins but I would not use that alone to give an attribution. Other than that, I cannot offer any suggestions that are stronger than pure guesswork.

  4. #4
    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Westchester, NY

    Default Re: Bowlback, US Made? Interesting

    It looks in the 8th photo that there may be a gap in the neck joint. No clues as to manufacturer.

    My Stream on Soundcloud
    19th Century Tunes
    Playing lately:
    2018 Campanella A-5 -- 2007 Brentrup A4C -- 1915 Frank Merwin Ashley violin -- Huss & Dalton DS -- 1923 Gibson A2 black snakehead -- '83 Flatiron A5-2 -- 1939 Gibson L-00 -- 1936 Epiphone Deluxe -- 1928 Gibson L-5 -- ca. 1890s Fairbanks Senator Banjo -- ca. 1923 Vega Style M tenor banjo -- ca. 1920 Weymann Style 25 Mandolin-Banjo -- National RM-1

  5. #5

    Default Re: Bowlback, US Made? Interesting

    Looks US-made to me

  6. #6
    Mando accumulator allenhopkins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Rochester NY 14610

    Default Re: Bowlback, US Made? Interesting

    Sold for $105.
    Allen Hopkins
    Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello
    Natl Triolian Dobro mando
    Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
    H-O mandolinetto
    Stradolin Vega banjolin
    Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
    Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
    Flatiron 3K OM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts