This instrument was manufactured around 1903 by the "H. A. French Company" of Nashville, Tennessee. It is representative of the instruments of the time, having a fairly narrow waist and small bouts (the large lower bout and the nearly waistless shape now called the "dreadnaught" was not introduced until the 1930s).
My grandfather's little sister Kathlene purchased this guitar through the Sears and Roebuck catalog in 1903 for a little less than three dollars including shipping. She played it extensively (she was something of a social butterfly in her youth) and the back side of the neck still bears a pattern of gouges made by her left thumb-nail
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