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25. Milanese bowlback Mandolino (628) @ 700 euros
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Old Lombardy bowl-back mandolino

This is an old, upper level, Lombardy bowl-back mandolino from the late 1800s or early 1900s. It is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…

Carlo Albertini & Figlio

Mandolini Lombardi

Mandole E Chitarre

Vicolo S Vito No. 3


This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with minor shrinkage repairs. It has a 15-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 invisible seam repair. It has the original ebony fingerboard, with original German silver bar frets. Some missing mop decorative inlay has been replaced. Pegs are replacements for an incomplete motley collection. It retains the original finish, except for the top, which is refinished with Tru-oil for protection. It has been restrung with nylon/nylgut strings (as opposed to gut), and is now playing well with a light bright sound. It has an fair playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repair 1 open seams in the bowl; 2) repaired small shrinkage cracks in the top; 3) replaced missing MOP inlay pieces; 4) renewed all pegs and peg holes; 5) replaced a missing arm of the bridge; and 6) refinished throughout; and strung up with nylon strings.

Being a Lombardy mandolino, not a neapolitan, its tuning is different.... it is tuned GBeadg (bass to treble) using nylon or nylgut strings, or wire wound silk on the lower 3 strings. The Lombardian, or Milanese mandolin was a C19 version of the older mandolino, developed principally by the Monzino family in Milan between 1750 and 1930.



Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

120mm at bridge.


Original except for the top. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top.

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce top. 2 or 3 small shrinkage repairs.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition, wooden marquetry.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 35mm. Lots of MOP in the surround, some replaced.

Back and sides

15-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and sides. One seam repair. Lots of marquetry inlay on the clasp and sides.

Neck and Head

One-piece, painted, maple head and neck.


Original scalloped ebony fingerboard, with 20 original German silver bar frets. MOP position markers.


New ebony pegs fitted as originals were lost. All peg seatings renewed..




Original, rosewood, a missing arm and MOP replaced.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 300mm

Bass string height at bridge


Treble string height at bridge


12th fret to bottom string (Action)


12th fret to bottom string (Action)


Width of fretboard at nut


Width of fretboard at widest point