I'd been wanting a vintage 'tater bug' mandolin at a good price so I've been watching eBay and finally ran across a good Washburn wit some nice appointments that was affordable http://www.ebay.com/itm/251084955718...84.m1439.l2649
Hope you can still view it.
The listing said that it was not playable as it wouldn't stay in tune- tuning pegs slipped. I received the mandolin and removed the steel plate on the back of the headstock to find that the gears were just slipping on the posts- easy fix.
What I found most exciting about it was that the inside of the back of the headstock plate had been engraved with a sharp point instrument to record it's lineage of ownership. Here's what it read:
"This instrument belonged to:
Cleo Rhashin 1918
Lucy Hash 1934
Allen Hallin 1927
and up till 1931 Allen Hash"
What a nice surprise as it really adds character to a very cool instrument. Pity there was no room for my name at the bottom. I feel somewhat humbled to hold something that meant so much to so many that have gone before me. It's a rare day today. I'll bet it sounds spectacular once I get the tuners fixed up and some new strings on it.