"Chicago Hawaiian" Soprano Ukulele, probably Slingerland , c. 1919

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"Chicago Hawaiian" Model Soprano Ukulele, probably Slingerland, c. 1919, made in Chicago, natural varnish finish, mahogany body, poplar neck.

A nice example of an early mainland-built "Hawaiian" style ukulele. The dark mahogany body is bound with alternating wood trim in the Hawaiian manner, as is the soundhole. The pegs are plain carved violin-style, and the back is slightly arched. This style of ukulele was made in Chicago in large numbers by Harmony, Regal, Slingerland, and others in the late 'teens and early 'twenties and sold through mail order catalogs, music stores, and retail outlets around the country during the first part of the "Uke Craze" of the 20's. These ukes were often advertised as "Genuine Hawaiian", which caused much consternation in Hawaii, and led to a bitter legal battle!

This particular uke carries a label from "Hart's Music Store" in Chester, PA, noting that they were opposite the Washburn theatre and also specialized in "Victrolas, records, player piano rolls, sheet music, tuning and repairs". This is a very good example of this period ukulele, lightly built with a thin varnish finish; a fine player with an extremely good sound.
Overall length is 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm.), 6 in. (15.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 13 in. (330 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/8 in. (35 mm.).

All original except for one slightly mismatched period peg. Small patch repair to one string slot in the bridge, otherwise unaltered. Generally Excellent Condition.