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Fine Antique French Phebe Mandolin, Rosewood Bowlback w/ Original Shaped Wood Case
Beautiful antique French "Phebe" marked bowl back mandolin with striking rosewood veneers, mother of pearl inlays and original fitted or shaped wood carrying case! Likely made by Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, Paris, a known maker for 'Phebe' mandolins. The piece is marked "Phebe" on the face, just near the neck, and there is also a paper label on the inside of the bowl. We don't often deal in musical instruments so my knowledge is limited but this is actually one of two that we're listing this week. The other a great old mother of pearl inlaid concertina. Both magnificent decorative pieces for the music lovers or collectors so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
Good to very good condition. Some lifting & cracking to the pick guard and lifting, cracks & inlay loss around the sound hole. There are red strings of some sort over the tail piece and 2-3 small hairline cracks in the thicker layer of rosewood under the face (over the bottom of the bowl). The case is in great shape, no damage that I can see but it is missing the old skeleton key. See pictures for all measurements.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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