Mandolin (style A2)

Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company (American)

Object Place: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States


Length 65 cm, width 25.7 cm (Length 25 9/16 in., width 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Birch, spruce, ebony, plastic

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



One-piece arched back and ribs of birch. Arched belly of wide-grain spruce. Back, belly, fingerboard, and soundhole bound with white plastic. Soundhole encircled with purfling in herringbone pattern. Neck and headstock of mahogany; face of headstock ebonized. Tuning machines of steel with knobs of white plastic. Fingerboard of ebony with fret markers of pearl dots and twenty frets of nickel silver. Nut of ivory. Bridge of walnut (?). String holder of nickel silver. Pickguard of plastic in tortoiseshell pattern. End button of ebony. Eight strings in four pairs. Dark brown varnish. Internal construction: One lateral brace on belly. Original hardshell case.


Inlaid on headstock: The/ Gibson;
printed label: … Gibson MANDOLIN Style A2 / Number [handwritten: 51056] is hereby / GUARANTEED …/ GIBSON MANDOLIN-GUITAR CO. / (Manufacturers) / Kalamazoo, Mich. U.S.A.; On tailpiece: The/ Gibson
On pickguard: PAT MAR 30 '09


Before 1982, Fred J. Zahn; by 1982, by descent to his son, Carl F. Zahn, Boston, Massachusetts; 1982, gift of Zahn to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1982)

Credit Line

Gift of Carl F. Zahn in memory of his father, Fred J. Zahn