Neapolitan Bowlback Mandolins
The bowlback mandolin, often referred to as a “taterbug” is one of the first models of mandolin, and was derived from the lute in Italy hundreds of years ago. These mandolins are unlike the modern mandolin, and are easily recognised as so by their round, fluted backs, pear shape, and oval hole.
A mandolin typically has a hollow wooden body with a tailpiece that holds one end of the strings, a floating bridge, a neck with a flat (or slight radius) fretted fingerboard, a nut, and mechanical tuning machines to accommodate metal strings.
This instrument dates from around the 1900s , bearing the original label: F.D. Mureda,Strumenti Armonici, Napoli. The spruce top edged with ebony and maple, the soundhole edged in ebony with mother of pearl decoration, unique tortoise shell scratch plate, the round back of 19 rosewood ribs interspersed with boxwood lines, ebony neck, the ebony fingerboard with 16 good brass frets (one missing), the Rosewood head with brass machine heads and ivory tuners, ebony bridge and ivory nut.
Condition: overall very good for its age but these are the issues I can see; Tortoiseshell has a small portion missing, bridge has one decorative end missing, inlay to the outer rim missing 2 inches, end of the neck a small piece of ebony missing, one string missing.