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Old Art-deco mandolin (753)  @ 100 euros  new

Old Art Deco bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late 19th or early 20th century, made in the Art Deco style. It is in good condition after restoration. There is no label…


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with NO repairs. It has a 13-piece stained maple bowl back with a couple of seam repairs. It has the rosewood fingerboard and brass frets. The tuners, bridge and tail are originals. It has been refinished throughout and the top with tru-oil for protection. 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. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired open seams in the bowl; 2) cleaned of old distressed varnish and refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; 3) levelled the original f/b and refitted the frets and levelled; 6) refitted the bridge and nut; and 5) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil varnish. Original floral transfers intact.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, with NO repairs.

Scratch plate

Original floral motif, in excellent condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 60x 35mm.

Back and sides

13-piece, stained maple bowl-back & clasp. " major seam repairs.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, stained head and neck in good condition.


Original in rosewood, with 17 re-levelled brass frets. Original MOP markers.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 string hooks.


Original bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

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.