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


How much did this antique zither sell for on eBay?

I sold this antique zither on eBay at auction. Can you guess how much it went for?

It sold for $43.57

I purchase antiques from estates all over Cape Ann in Massachusetts including the historic towns of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich. See some the other items I have on eBay.

Why did this violin sell for $1.6 million dollars?

 A Titanic bid:

Why on earth would someone pay $1.6 million for an unplayable violin? Quite simply, the violin that crossed the auction block on Saturday, October 19th is believed to be the one played by Wallace Hartley as the Titanic sank. 

The sea-rotted violin’s last tune was reportedly “Nearer, My God to Thee” as was made known in the James Cameron film. 

So far this is a record for anything directly attributed to the RMS Titanic and it’s one that collectors and experts feel may never be topped! 

As we’ve said in the auction world so many times, “provenance is critical”