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    Very nice photo- Edwardian charm and solidity personified in this group shot of young people and their teachers, I assume.

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    Another find by John Lawson. Here's a vintage photo from turn-of-the century Kansas City. This is the Mascot Mandolin Club from 1902.
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    I just stumbled across this interesting thread. I happen to have two 100 year old Jenkins catalogs...one from 1915-17 and the other from 1919-1920. If anyone here is interested in buying one or both, let me know. Will let them go for $210 each + shipping. Good condition and all intact. Not cheap admittedly but unusual, quite rare and did I say 100 years old!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noteworthy View Post
    I just stumbled across this interesting thread. I happen to have two 100 year old Jenkins catalogs...one from 1915-17 and the other from 1919-1920. If anyone here is interested in buying one or both, let me know. Will let them go for $210 each + shipping. Good condition and all intact. Not cheap admittedly but unusual, quite rare and did I say 100 years old!

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    Might want to move this to the classifieds, not the place to sell things in the forums.
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    HI Noteworthy,

    Does either catalog include Clifford guitars? I have a terz parlor guitar that was dated by someone to be from around 1895. I'm wondering if the Clifford brand was offered from 1915 - 1920.

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    HI Noteworthy,

    Does either catalog include Clifford guitars? I have a terz parlor guitar that was dated by someone to be from around 1895. I'm wondering if the Clifford brand was offered from 1915 - 1920.
    Yes both catalogs have Clifford brand guitars, the later one more so. Here's some pics:

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    I'm sorry if I overstepped pops. Feel free to move them to the classifieds or just delete my post. Or is that something I have to do?

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    Here's another photo from John Dawson's Old Town Kansas City Facebook page. This is from Westport High School in Kansas City, MO circa 1905.
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    There is an identical harp guitar on ebay- right now, for sale- virtually unplayed it is reckoned. It is a Sears, Roebuck "Supertone"- a Harmony made instrument which was a company that Sears had just acquired. I have a Washington mandolin- it may feature in the catalogues- I estimate it is from the 1920s- a Regal made item which one might describe as "mutton dressed as lamb".

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    A friend of mine here in Kansas City bought this photo from a vendor at the city market. The caption appears to be Scandinavian or German.
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    Whoever wrote that needed to be told to write more clearly! As it is Kansas, I'm going to suggest it is German. If it was Minnesota I would say Swedish! I did once learn German and a bit of Swedish but with that scrawl, it is hard to tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KanMando View Post
    A friend of mine here in Kansas City bought this photo from a vendor at the city market. The caption appears to be Scandinavian or German.
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    It is Swedish and a quote from Psalms 150:6 — "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord."
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    I just came across this Harwood Bandurria right before this thread started. Rather unusual... tho the mandolin craze in the late 19th century was ironically started by bandurria players, there were v ery few manufacturers of bandurrias in the US. I have seen one made by (or for) Lyon & Healy and now this Harwood. Vega stated on their labels that they made bandurrias but I have never seen one and some folks have surmised that they called their 10 string mandolin/mandolas bandurrias.

    The bridge on that one is a little odd and is not original. Usually these bandurrias have a glued-on bridge (sim to a guitar) combo with the strings going thru top a tailpiece. You can see the outline of the original bridge on the top.
    now that's really cool. i doubt i'd play it but that's a rare collectors item

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    Quote Originally Posted by ollaimh View Post
    now that's really cool. i doubt i'd play it but that's a rare collectors item
    I have a recent one that I have been meaning to string as an octave 12-string guitar. You just reminded me that I had one. Thanks!
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    I took a screen shot of this group from a YouTube video. I don't have any information about them. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by KanMando View Post
    I took a screen shot of this group from a YouTube video. I don't have any information about them. Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks! Muy coolioso. Any information on the YouTube video itself? What context was this image shown in?

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    This Harwood Lyre instrument just showed up in the classifieds as sold by Bernunzio.

    Here's the page on Bernunzio's site. A converted 12 string mandolin.

    Harwood was a brand name used by J.W. Jenkins Company, a Kansas City, MO musical instrument dealer and wholesaler. They introduced the Harwood brand in 1885, although they did not manufacture these instruments, and were likely made by Hayes in NY. We have seem a small number of Hardwood instruments, but never one like this; a converted 12 string mandolin-lyre into six string guitar. The unusually shaped body features two hollow horns on a mandolin sized body with 11" lower bout; back and sides are mahogany and the top is spruce; fully bound and trimmed with several spots of replaced binding and gap fill; original 12 string bridge, and later moveable rosewood bridge. The mahogany neck has a 19.5" scale length, and was originally setup as a 12 string mandolin; rosewood fingerboard with newer frets; Harwood plaque present at lower edge of fingerboard; instrument plays well as it underwent a neck reset at some point (shim under fingerboard, and notable repairs on side block exterior); gold plated plate tuners, and Hardwood stamps present on back of peghead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    This Harwood Lyre instrument just showed up in the classifieds as sold by Bernunzio.

    Here's the page on Bernunzio's site. A converted 12 string mandolin.



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    Thanks, Jim. One of these turned up back on post #260 with the attached Jenkins catalog page.
    Fortunately, the one you've posted shows enough clear differences to keep the Harwood "No Two Alike" streak intact.

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