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    I am archiving this donated mandolin for a small history museum. Would like any information that would be helpful. Thanks.
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    There's not much to go from with the limited photos and no maker's mark.
    Unless someone recognizes the maker and model, about the best I can do is "Neapolitan style bowl-back mandolin, circa 1910, probably made in the US."

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    This looks like an American Conservatory style bowlback made by Lyon & Healy for the retail trade circa 1912. Here is the color page from my 1912 catalog. It resembles #603 but has the headstock shape of both 607 & 608:

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    Hope this is correct place to post this.
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    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
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    Budget model sold unlabeled to retailers probably by Lyon & Healy of Chicago.
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    Concur with Jim G. "Scooped top" headstock profile often used by L & H. Mixed woods in the bowl probably indicate pre-1900; at least that seems to be the case with L & H's Washburn line -- my 1890's Washburn mandola has alternating maple/rosewood ribs.
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