This is a very well crafted Umberto Ceccherini bowl back mandolin, c1900. Solid spruce top with rosewood back and sides (possibly Brazilian, but we can't say for sure). The top has 2 repaired cracks (sealed and glued--see picture) below the bridge. There is also a sealed horizontal crack in the body below the tailpiece (see picture). The nut width is 1-3/32" and it features a zero fret. One of the tuning buttons has a crack but is functional (see picture). A unique feature of this fine sounding mandolin is that it has a tone generator built within it (see picture)--this is a form of internal resonator--and indeed the sound is big and clear. Comes with a unique, simple hardshell case.

Umberto Ceccherini Bowl Back, c1900