Re: can anybody identify the manufcturer of this mandolin?
It still amazes me how much unbelievably beautiful rosewood came out of the US east coast and GreatLakesRim bowlbackmakers from the turn of the 19th/20th C. No comparison to what was being used in Italy at the time. We were apparently getting the good stuff. Even on mid/lower models, these bowls were totally lickable. Maybe it was sourced through Grand Rapids/Chicago furniture makers? The rainforest was being decimated, I know, but many the modest US bowl has truly incredible wood. The low prices that these fetch is a shame for a variety of musical, craft and environmental reasons.
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