This instrument is among the finest decorated mandolins made in the U.S., where the Neapolitan mandolin, mostly played by Italian immigrants, became a fad between about 1880 and 1930. Angelo Manello emigrated from Italy in 1885 and established a mandolin factory in New York that in the early 1900s employed up to seventy-five makers, including artists for the decorative work. This instrument has a body of thirty-two fluted birds-eye maple ribs as well as mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell veneers.
Marking: (on printed label below soundhole): Angelo Mannello/Manufacturer of/High Grade/Mandolins & Guitars./Awarded highest honors at all international exhibitions./Made 1900 (written)/New York [with medals of exposition awards]
The Family of Angelo Mannello
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