Gibson H-2 model mandola with a light to dark red sunburst finish, serial number 34155. The H-2 model mandola has a teardrop shaped body (like the A model mandolins). The mandola has a carved, arched top and back, a design patented by Orville Gibson in 1898. Five businessmen bought the name and patent from Orville Gibson in 1902 and started The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co., Ltd. The H-2 model was introduced in 1902 and discontinued in 1922. It has comparable features to the A-4 mandolin. The oval soundhole has decorative binding of a ring of inlaid wood and a second ring of ivoroid. The binding around the top and back of the instrument as well as the fingerboard is also ivoroid. Mahogany is used for the neck, and the fingerboard is of ebony and extends over the soundhole. There are twenty-one nickel-silver frets with mother-of-pearl position dots on the fingerboard and upper edge of the neck. . The floating bridge is a modern replacement (the original bridge survives in the case). The mandolin has the standard string disposition of eight steel strings in four courses, tuned in unison pairs to the pitches of a viola: C, G, D, A. The nickel-silver tailpiece is engraved "The Gibson." Paddle-shaped headstock is inlaid with the fleur-de-lis and the words "The Gibson." The Handel machine four-on-a-plate tuners are inlaid with a flower motif. The instrument has a raised pickguard mounted on metal brackets.
Signature: Paper label inside mandolin reads:
Patented Feb. 1, '98 / " March 30, '06 / Other Patents pending / Gibson Mandola (handwritten) Style H2 (handwritten) Number 34155 (handwritten) is hereby / GUARANTEED / against faulty workmanship or material. Should / this instrument, with proper care anf usage, go wrong / we agree to repair it free of charge at our factory, or / to replace it with another of same style or vale. / GIBSON MANDOLIN-GUITAR CO. / (Manufacturers) / Kalamazoo, Mich., U. S. A.