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Handel tuning button
These beautifully ornate tuners appeared as stock equipment on Gibson A4, F2 and F4 mandolins until 1918.
The decorative inlay consists of wire and pearl and takes on several designs, but most are consistent with the image shown here.
Although the prevailing theory is these were manufactured in Germany and their import discontinued as a result of World War I, definitive proof of this fact remains in question.
Roger Siminoff has observed that Handel made the entire tuner assembly and not just the decorative buttons.
Prices for vintage sets of Handel tuners sell for astronomic prices and will likely continue to increase with time.
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