View Full Version : Recognize this?

Jul-18-2006, 8:10pm
This turned up in Port Townsend, Washington. Looks a bit Shutt-ish. Anyone recognize it?

Jul-18-2006, 8:30pm
More like Germanic than Shutt. #The profile is called wappenform (i.e., shield-shaped) and was pretty common, especially to guitars, late 19th to early 20th c.

Jul-18-2006, 9:09pm
No comment on the, er, aesthetics of this Almathea (stop me Victor....) Might these have been the progenitor of the various later two-point styles?


Jul-19-2006, 12:48am
Turns out there's a name in it: "R.E. Byers, 1912"

Plamen Ivanov
Jul-19-2006, 1:25am
I remember one of those was posted in another thread some time ago. Somebody called it "Batman Mandolin". http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jul-19-2006, 11:14am
I think there's a few on the "mandolin oddities" thread

Martin Jonas
Jul-19-2006, 1:22pm
Yes, indeed, I posted this photo there. It was taken from a now-expired auction on Ebay Germany. I can't remember whether the Ebay instrument had a label, but I'm fairly certain both that one and the one in the original post are German.


Mar-20-2014, 4:50pm
hi there, i stumbled across this thread of yours while researching an instrument on ebay: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?23838-Recognize-this

mmando~ i was curious if you had owned this or are the seller on ebay? http://www.ebay.com/itm/281282765992?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

i had never seen one before, i dont think it's gibson as the seller has id-ed it...was just curious if you had any more information in regards to it. thanks for your time

Mar-20-2014, 5:05pm
Puhleeze. If I were selling it I would know better than to suggest that it might be a guitar, a lute, or a Gibson.

My eBay handle is the same as my Cafe handle, FWIW.

Mar-20-2014, 5:28pm
sorry, im a newbie. i meant no disrespect. i tried to pm you in regards, but your box was full. i was simply trying to find out more info. i've only posted a few times on here, so please i apologize...

Mar-20-2014, 5:46pm
Well, it's almost certainly the same instrument pictured at the top of this thread. Note that in eight years no one has bothered to replace the E strings. I don't remember whether I found it on eBay or Craig's List originally. There are plenty of better-than-average photos in the ad, which should tell you everything you need to know. It has a heel crack and I'm amazed that it has collected 20 bids and is sitting at $202.50. It certainly isn't worth any more than that. Probably a wall hanger, except for someone with more dollars than sense.

Jim Garber
Mar-21-2014, 6:08am
It looks like it is no longer on eBay.

Mar-21-2014, 8:22am
It looks like it is no longer on eBay.

I'd reported it for misuse of a trademark, and others may have too.

Mar-21-2014, 1:09pm
Relisted, minus the reference to Gibson: