Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

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John Scime
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Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

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I picked this up a while ago. No identifying labels or stamps. The guitar is similar to old Supertone parlors with abalone purpfling on the bindings and soundhole. Small, with 24 1/8th scale.

The headstock looks familiar, but i have never seen a flower inlay like that. The top may have been refinished at some point, and the tailpiece an add-on.

Any idea what company made this? Thanks in advance.

Js
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Michael Lewis
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Re: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

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Check the detail of the sound hole binding. Does it cover just half way through the soundboard or does it cover the entire edge of the sound hole? Some detail shots of the interior might provide more clues (lining, braces, neck block, etc.). I would guess the inlay on the headstock is an add-on sometime after it left the factory.
There were a lot of instruments that were made for catalog distribution (Sears-Roebuck, etc.) and carried no name or a 'made up' name. From this side of the screen it looks like it's from the teens or 20s.

John Scime
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Re: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

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A series of targeted photos as suggested by Michael Lewis. Thanks for your time!
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John Scime
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Re: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

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John Scime
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Re: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

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And last batch ...
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Jim McConkey
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Re: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

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I'm no expert on identification of guitars, but I own a Supertone banjo, and the inlays and fretboard wear are remarkably similar.
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Thomas Wentzel
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Re: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

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That's a Harmony, from the 30s, I've had a few like it, and am working on one now with similar inlays.
Tom

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