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2. Old Italian bowlback mandolin (824) @ 140 euros

Old Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says...

Prima Fabbricante di Mandolini


Casa Principate con Deposito

Luigi Euvingino

6, Via Dante Milano.

(Euvingino appears to have been a distribution house for small luthiers, many appearing in France with this label)

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is now sound with a repair to the centre join, reinforced beneath. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 almost invisible seam repair. It has the original rosewood fingerboard and frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the r/w bridge new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strong, ringing sound with fair sustain and volume and an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired damage to centre join in the top; 2) reglued 1 open seam in the bowl; 3) reglued the sound hole inlay; 4) repaired damage to the head/neck join; 5) levelled the original brass bar frets; 7) refinished throughout with a coat of tru-oil on the top; 8) made and fitted a new shelf bridge; and 9) strung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

145mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top, close grained at the centre. Damaged to the centre join repaired.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 40mm. Purfling/edging reglued.

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp and tulipwood sides. One almost invisible seam repair.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head, in fair condition. Damage to head/neck join repaired.


Original f/b with 17 brass bar frets. Nut refitted. Position markers at 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 334mm

G string height at bridge


E string height at bridge


12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)


12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)


Width of fretboard at nut


Width of fretboard at widest point


Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required


Larger photos are available on request.