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Old named Italian mandolin (583)  @ £130  new

Old named Italian bowl-back

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

G. Puglisi Reale & Figli

Strumenti Musicali

Catania Anno 1914

plus 'Depose Geschutz', which means it was made specifically for export to Germany presumably...

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with a small repair to the centre join and one side where shrinkage happened. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with NO seam repairs. It has a new rosewood concert fingerboard set on a shim. The tuners are a period replacement, tail is original, the bridge new. The top has been refinished with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, round sound with fair sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) made and fitted a new concert fingerboard in rosewood; 2) repaired small shrinkage cracks in the centre seam, and right side in the top; 3) refinished the top with shellac and tru-oil; 4) replaced broken tuners with period originals and re-veneered the head front; 5) made and fitted a new nut and bridge; and 6) set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

145mm at bridge.


Original shellac finish, top protected with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top with small shrinkage repairs to centre join and right side.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm.

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back & clasp, and tulipwood sides.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head in good condition. New veneer to headfront.


New ebony concert fingerboard, set on a shim, 25 new frets. MOP position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, and 17.

Machine heads

Replacement period 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 326mm

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


I have some re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.


Larger photos are available on request.