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1895 Jose do Espirito Santo Ukulele

An extremely rare 1895 Jose do Espirito Santo ukulele is a world class collectible over 100 years in age. The instrument was handcrafted by one of three Portuguese cabinet makers (Jose do Espirito Santo, Augusto Dias, and Manuel Nunes) who first came to Hawaii from the island of Madeira, Portugal in the late 1800s to work in the plantation fields. Once their contract ended, all three moved to Oahu and were credited with the invention of the ukulele. A very serious collectible piece which many museums have never seen. The back, sides, and neck of the instrument was e
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1886 Augusto Dias Ukulele

Circa 1886-1890. Augusto Dias ukulele. Handcrafted of Hawaiian Koa wood back and sides with a spruce top. No fingerboard. Hawaiian Koa wood bridge. Beautiful rope marquetry inlaid on sound board, rosette, fretboard center inlay, and headstock. Early commission with ‘Dell’ inlay of Ebony wood. One of the earliest examples of a handcrafted ukulele from Hawaii. ID#180162 Not for sale.
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1884 Augusto Dias Ukulele

Circa 1884-1886. Augusto Dias ukulele. Handcrafted of Hawaiian Koa wood back and sides with a spruce top. Hawaiian Koa wood neck and fretboard. Ebony wood bridge. Beautiful rope marquetry inlaid on sound board, rosette, fretboard center inlay, and headstock. Matching rope marquetry bound fretboard and back center seam. Handcrafted coffin case. One of the earliest examples of a handcrafted ukulele from Hawaii. ID#190029 Not for sale.
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1884 Augusto Dias Ukulele

Circa 1884-1886. Augusto Dias ukulele. Handcrafted of Hawaiian Koa wood back and sides with a spruce top. Hawaiian Koa wood fretboard with Ebony wood bridge. Beautiful flower inlay at the butt of the instrument. This inlay is consistent with the placement and patterns often found on the machete de braga, one of two parent instruments of the ukulele found on the island of Madeira, Portugal. Slightly smaller than all other examples of a soprano ukulele of this time period. Gorgeous handcrafted coffin case. ID#190028 Not for sale.
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