I am not sure what kind of instrument this is. It is 26" long and 7" at the widest point at the base. It measures 5.5" tall at the bottom.It has a label on it that says, "The Up To Date". Under the strings it says, "The Up To Date Method, patent applied for". and "D.GOTTDINER & WICHT Cleveland, Oh." I did find a blurb on the web that shows D.Gottdiner & Wicht sold instruments in Cleveland, OH
I inherited this from a friend who also inherited it from her friend who was in the vaudeville circuit as a young woman.
Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. Based on the photographs and description provided, the subject of this appraisal is a Wicht 12-string bowl back mandolin, circa early 1900s in Cleveland, Ohio.
According to the current owner, the piece was acquired via inheritance. The piece features a serial number of 2895. Wicht applied for a patent for the “Up To Date Method” and this piece reflects that status.
The condition of the piece is fair with wear noted on the prints. In consideration of the factors noted and based on prices for similar condition pieces, a Fair Market Value (pre-auction estimate) of this piece would be estimated at $75 to $150.