Two Dayton Style B Mandolins
Made by The Dayton String Instrument Company, Dayton Ohio
These Style B "The Dayton" mandolins are one serial number apart yet as you can observe, have many many differences in their construction.
It's like the Sunday comics ... can you spot at least 8 differences between these two mandolins?
They have internal 'false backs' with cats eye 'soundholes' in them which create a resonating chamber inside the mandolin.
Their patent date is 1911.
The one on the left (#1124) has wonderful and severe 'alligatoring' to the finish most likely due to storage conditions but it plays and sounds great nevertheless.

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