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vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola
vintage harp mandola

Mandolin Family1919 Larson Brothers Style 135 Symphony Harp Mandola

Natural, labeled W.J. Dyer Bros Symphony Harp Mandola Style 135 serial 403. Solid Mahogany back and sides with a beautiful Red Spruce top. Two bound sound holes, inlay pickguard, ebony fingerboard and original ebony bridge. Top back clearly built under tension with beautiful arches. A study in hand made detail. Ivoroid tuner buttons that have a nickel cover plate. Came to us with multiple cracks and loose braces but brilliantly stitched together by Willie’s shop foreman Steve Morgan. Strung with extra light strings for display. Quite rare. Sorry no case.
The Dyer and Bros. Department Store was located in St. Paul in the block that is now the Lawson Building near the St. Paul Hotel. Here in St. Paul we see Stetson branded guitars (some are made by Martin) and Dyer Brothers branded instruments that were made near Chicago by the Larson Brothers.

Larson instruments are perhaps the most famous instruments you’ve never heard of. Harp style guitars and mandolins have an aesthetic appeal and compelling ponderance. This harp mandolin is likely late teens or early 20’s prohibition era. Music at the time was the jazz age and blues but Tin Pan Alley and Broadway were also dominant. $3500

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