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Austro hungarian POW mandolin

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    Nice Austro Hungarian Prisoner of war mandolin..Found for me last year by a lady that does house clearances in the London area
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    Austro hungarian POW mandolin  

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    battledress,
    nice piece.... IMO im guessing that the portrait motif at the base of the neck is Emperor 'Karl' and if so, i date this piece as being made 1917 onwards, i would also guess that the makers initials are 'A.L.'.... and that he was likely to be either a Bosniak or Serb member of the KuK , as the portriat on the rear is of 'Balken muslim' appearence, the lettering below looks cyrillic to me.

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    Excellent carving , i play mandolin

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    That's a very interesting piece, Thanks for posting it
    gregM
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    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    Looks like some kind of a one string fiddle rather than a mandolin..Check this out:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahuta/Gusle

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    tud jones, well spotted, gives a bit of credence to my explanation then....

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