A rare, wonderfully-preserved, 1854 Schmidt & Maul. It’s signed and dated inside:

Louis Schmidt
Tompkinsville   Staten Island
New York  388 Broadway
August 18th  1854
U. S.

  • Adirondack top
  • Ebonized “ice cream cone” style neck
  • solid brazilian rosewood back and sides
  • fan braced
  • marquetry Purfling around top, with Maple binding
  • Maple binding, back
  • Width at lower bout: 11 ½ inches
  • 100% original finish. No overspray, touch-up, etc. anywhere…wonderful finish
  • Not a crack on top, or sides. One small dryness crack on back, near the edge binding on treble side
  • Original bridge plate, in great condition
  • Reproduction, correct, Ebony bridge
  • Bar frets replaced with period correct Bar frets from TJ Thompson