Gibson F-4 Mandolin

Gibson F-4 Mandolin

Heather asks:

What can you tell me about this Gibson Mandolin?

AW says: From the pictures and phone conversation we had, it’s appears that this is in very good, original condition.  The serial # on the inside, indicates it was made between 1912 and 1917.

You’ve indicated that there were to structure cracks, and that a small bit of Purfling is missing around the edge. I see where it’s lifted a bit as well.

This beautiful instrument was made at a time in the US when quality of craftsmanship was as important as it’s ever been. Everything from the details on the headstock, to the engraving on the tuning pegs, was given great attention to detail.

The pride of owning something like this came with the responsibility to taking very good care of it, and it has been well cared for.

Retail value: $8,200

Wholesale value : $6,500


1890 Buffet-Crampon & Cie Clarinet

1890 Buffet-Crampon & Cie Clarinet

1890 Buffet-Crampon & Cie Clarinet

This is an 1890 Buffet-Crampon & Cie Clarinet in the Albert system keywork style. It was imported by W.H. Cundy of Boston Mass.

It is all original except for the middle tenon ring and newer pads and corks. It has the original rosewood mouthpiece/lig/cap. The  serial number is 700D.

The company is still in business today as Buffet-Crampon. They are internationally famous for woodwind & brass instruments. Many of their fine instruments were feature in World’s Fair Expositions.

Retail Value: $895

Wholesale $450

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Nichols & Stone Rockport Arm Chair

Nichols & Stone Rockport Arm Chair

Nichols & Stone Rockport Arm Chair







The following info applies to this Nichols & Stone Rockport armchair as well as other pieces by N&S.

A Nichols & Stone shop mark was burned into most pieces to verify authenticity. However, when we see a chair without a burned in shop mark it may have happened because of oversight or broken branding irons.

Nevertheless, when there is no brand there is often a paper label. The one that appears on your chair was used extensively in the 1930″s. Though our research was unable to produce an exact match we are confident that this chair would be in the date range of 1930-1940.

Catalogs were very expensive to publish during the The Great Depression and were not published every year. In addition, there were many variations made of the Windsor design included chairs produced to special order. It is not unusual that a chair manufactured during this time not appear in a catalog.

This chair has very nice wear and is in excellent condition.

Retail value: $275

Wholesale value: $95

The reason for the extra large gap in wholesale & retail pricing is due to a single chair being more difficult to sell than a set.

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