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5. Named double-table bowlback mandolin (676)    @ 350 euros
Larger photos are available on request.

Old Italian bowl-back

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

Umberto Ceccherini

Fabbrica Di Mandolini E Mandole

Premiata a l'exposizione di Milano 1881


(it is signed Umberto Ceccherini in pen)

Sole Agents: A Voigt & Co, 15 Edmund Pl. London E. C.

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with 2 repaired shrinkage splits. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back with 2 small seam repairs. It has the original ebony fingerboard and MOP markers. The tuners and tail are original, the bridge new. It retains the original finish throughout, except for the top, which is protected with Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, ringing sound with good sustain and volume, particularly strong on lower strings. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) Repaired 2 shrinkage splits in the top; 2) replaced cracked and missing tulip-wood edging; 3) repaired minor damage to 2 seams in the bowl; 4) finished the top with tru-oil varnish; 5) levelled the original frets; 6) made and fitted a new bridge and bridge markers; and 7) 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.


Original French polished finish throughout.... Refinished top with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, close-grained, book-matched, spruce top with 2 split repairs.

Scratch plate

Original , perfect.

Sound hole

Approx. 65 x 45mm.

Back and sides

17-piece, rosewood bowl-back, tulipwood edging. Repairs to 2 seams...

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head in good condition.


Original, ebony fingerboard. 18 'German silver' bar frets relevelled and dressed. Original nut.

Machine heads

Closed and inscribed, steel and brass tuners, with original ivory? buttons. All working.


Period tail in brass with 8 string posts.


New ebony and brass bridge fitted, with new brisge markers.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 340mm

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 @ 10 euros.


I have some new padded gigbags available for purchase @40 euros.