1909 Manuel Nunes Ukulele


An extremely rare 1909 Manuel Nunes & Sons soprano ukulele with Stauffer style scroll headstock design. Only 1 known in existence. This is a world class collectible over 100 years in age. The instrument was handcrafted by Manuel Nunes, 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 face, back, sides, and neck of the instrument was entirely handcrafted of Hawaiian koa wood. Label: “Introducer of the Ukulele”. #230070

Price: Not for Sale

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