That's pretty interesting. I would agree with Tom, in that I felt that asterik was added by someone, other than the Gibson factory. But.. when I see the above photo, and it looks so similar, I feel I would have to rethink that idea.
It would appear they are somehow connected.
Do any other members have similar photos they could share?
I have not closely followed this thread, is there a common element to these oval holes? Year, FON, Virzi???
Maybe they were at one time owned by the same collector and that was his secret mark for theft ID. The two are similar but not exact. But Ken if you have not seen one before it would be odd. It looks more red ink like a ball point than the red pencil Gibson used in the FON.
Maybe they were ordered by the same sales rep...
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I have no idea but have seen this before. One thing we might want to explore is whether they are all FON's with the A suffix. They did something fishy for a while here and it could be tied to that for easy accounting purposes
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While I await the arrival of the mandolin that donaldraypat referenced upthread as his, can anyone tell me whether any consensus has been reached on the presence of the red asterisk?
No further Info has come to light since this thread back in August..
Are you are expecting delivery of a mandolin w/ red asterisk?
IF so.. by all means... post some photos
http://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2648B/lots/2. And an interior shot was posted by donaldraypat on page 2 of this thread.
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Due to current budgetary restrictions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off -- sorry about the inconvenience.
Not to belabor a point, but based upon the latest information about the going-ons at Gibson in 1923; that what I was told by Julius Bellson forty years ago is TRUE. Namely, that my instrument WAS made in 1923, serialized in 1924 and most likely not shipped until 1925 when the model was discontinued as part the new management's purge of unpopular instruments.
It really doesn't matter as I still have the notes I made from the conversation I had with Mr. Bellson 40 years ago.
It was an interesting thread and I thank you for sharing it.