George Houghton & Sons banjo-mandolin--info?
I recently acquired what I believe is a George Houghton & Sons banjo-mandolin (apparently a "New Reliance" model of some strain, also marketed as "The Marvel"--this instrument lacks labels of any kind), and would like to know more about it. I'm currently doing a restoration on it, so I can't put up photos of the complete instrument (it's in a state of dismemberment in my basement), but after much combing on Google, I happened to find a picture of a similar instrument (same Grover bridge, too!):
This one has "The Marvel - 288" imprinted on the headstock (and was in Virginia; mine came via Canada). My mandolin's headstock is blank. All I can say about the instrument is that it seems to date to around the turn of the last century; apparently Houghton and Sons was founded in 1888 and produced instruments up through the 1960s.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
"When I heard what Socrates had done on the lyre, I wished indeed even [I had done] that...but certainly I labored hard in letters!" - Cicero, "Cato the Elder on Old Age"
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