shrine ukulele

1920s Lyon & Healy ‘Shrine’ Soprano Ukulele

Founded in Chicago in 1864, George Washburn Lyon and Patrick J. Healy built their first instrument – a harp – in the year 1889. This partnership quickly became the Washburn company ‘Lyon & Healy’. Lyon & Healy’s knowledge of instrument building and unique designs was later applied to the traditional figure-eight shape of the ukulele at the turn of the 20th century, in which the company introduced a number of  less traditional shapes such as the ‘bell’ and the ‘shrine’ ukulele. This beautiful ukulele is a
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