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ID:	90022I've got a buddy on Staton Island that has this mando, great grandaddy was the owner/player. He would like some info on it.
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    Default Re: JG Schroeder Mandolins, Any info on this one? Bowlback expert

    Mugwumps Index of American Fretted Musical Instrument Makers lists "J G Schroeder" as "New York, 1892-1907+" which I guess means Schroeder was building after 1907. Fairly ornate, elaborately shaped and bound headstock, engraved and enclosed tuners, all suggest a relatively high-end mandolin. Not a major builder, but this seems a nice instrument. Probably had a tailpiece cover which has been lost.

    Google searching turns up Schroeder guitars and banjos in auctions and dealers. Here's a quote from a Heritage Auctions (Dallas TX) listing of a Schroeder classical guitar:
    J.G. Schroeder was a manufacturer, importer, and dealer of musical instruments at the turn of the century.

    "The century," of course, means the 20th century. Have you noticed how we don't seem to use "turn of the century" to refer to 2000-01? Wait a few years...

    Apparently Schroeder imported and sold European instruments as well as US-made, so perhaps some of the bowl-back mavens can tell whether this one's features suggest European manufacture.
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    Default Re: JG Schroeder Mandolins, Any info on this one? Bowlback expert

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    "The century," of course, means the 20th century. Have you noticed how we don't seem to use "turn of the century" to refer to 2000-01? Wait a few years...

    Apparently Schroeder imported and sold European instruments as well as US-made, so perhaps some of the bowl-back mavens can tell whether this one's features suggest European manufacture.
    I usually refer to it as the "turn of the last century".

    I would guess American manufacture. Finish and general look does not say Italian to me.
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    I only have one Schroeder in my files, with an unfortunately unclear view of the label--and not particularly good views of the mandolin either. It does feature some detailing of the headstock reminiscent of the OP's but not as nice. These are interesting mandolins for me as none of the details make me think of any of the 'usual suspects'.

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    Default Re: JG Schroeder Mandolins, Any info on this one? Bowlback expert

    Here is another- not so elaborately detailed but similar- it has migrated to the UK.

    https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk/anti...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickR View Post
    Here is another- not so elaborately detailed but similar- it has migrated to the UK.

    https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk/anti...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
    Here are a few images of this Schroeder for posteriority. Including an ad with an address for dita Schroeder.

    Also a 1898 date on the label.

    Nothing to make one think JG was a maker rather than a dealer....but perhaps had these jobbed out to spec.

    The detailing and inlay quality is above the mass market bowl ordinaire.

    As with the other JGSs: nice looking mandolin.

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    Default Re: JG Schroeder Mandolins, Any info on this one? Bowlback expert

    Yes, a good looking mandolin and still a bit of a mystery- but maybe a few more pieces of the puzzle will be found!

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