The texts on mandolins more or less summarize the descriptions and pictures of the period Epiphone catalogs.
Allen Hopkins Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello Natl Triolian Dobro mando Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back H-O mandolinetto Stradolin Vega banjolin Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello Flatiron 3K OM I once dated an old Epiphone model named Adele. As far as I know, the Gibson serial numbers apply to all instruments, or at least that seems to be commonly accepted.
If the label uses a gothic-style font, it is probably from the mid to late 1930s. I am very interested in the history of the old NY Epiphone instruments.
If it is gold and contains phrases like 'Epiphone Banjo Corp' or 'Makers of Art Musical Instruments', it is from earlier. Posting the serial number, and photos would really help, also the type of label. my first post after joining this great forum recently...) Welcome to the Cafe, Masterbilt!
Hello, Bamboone; I have a 1932 (serial 52xx) Hollywood that has a headstock layout very similar to the Harry West Strand.
I'll try to get some pics up this weekend to see if that's what you're after.