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The Teardrop Mandolin

Teardrop Mandolin

    This little mandolin was given to me by a lady in my home town in the middle 1950s, telling me that it was French and that her late husband courted her with it in 1910. The small size was so that it could be put inside the pocket of a great-coat in poor weather. Tonally it suffers some from its size but it is a lot of fun to play. The only good piece of wood in it is the face. The head/neck is a soft wood painted black and the lovely grain on the sides and back are entirely hand-painted on a cheap hardwood (which was a common skill in those days)!

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