William H. DeWick was a well respected teacher and instrument maker in the Brooklyn area at the beginning of the last century who was always known for top- quality craftsmanship and innovative designs. He made a modest number of these wooden resonator mandolins with internal arched openings attached to the outer resonator and applied for a patent on the design in 1912. Some versions of the design were named and stamped "bandoneon." This one is especially rare in that it is the only example with a "pie-plate" back-piece that we have been able to find. The instrument appears to be all-original and is in good playing condition with comfortable low action and a lovely clear warm tone. The fine hand work includes marquetry rings around the resonator and inner pot and inlaid MOP "Dewick" headstock logo. There are the usual small marks from use and age and some marks in the spruce top where the movable bridge has been relocated from time to time, but the resonator and body remain in very good condition with no cracks. The neck and heel do have some well-repaired cracks, but all is solid and ready for stage use.
Comes with a modern gig bag.