SS Stewart Taropatch

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Got some information about possible maker and year from mandolin cafe. I hope a wider ukulele membership can help fill in some of the history. I didn’t want to do any work on it yet bc I don’t know anything about it. I bought concert strings (octave pair) the scale length is 14 5/8”. 17 frets. Overall length 24 3/8”. Body length 10 9/16”. Plastic pegs. It had one gut string attached and remnants of others. Thanks for your help
 

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Weird that no one on this board has chimed in with more information.

I'm really not that helpful myself, I'm sure you know by now that ukes are less cataloged than other instruments and that specific dating is lot more art than science.

Have you tried the banjo hangout?? The membership there is a lot older and focused on restoration.

Its free to sign up and post a few pics. Post it in the Collector's Corner section and you should get more replies.
 

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There's a pic of a slightly different one (attached below) on the Ukulele Hall of Fame website. Also, Lardy's Ukulele Database has a writeup on B&J, apparently the parent company of SS Stewart. Read here: http://www.ukulelecorner.co.uk/b/bj
 

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GalexC

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There's a pic of a slightly different one (attached below) on the Ukulele Hall of Fame website. Also, Lardy's Ukulele Database has a writeup on B&J, apparently the parent company of SS Stewart. Read here: http://www.ukulelecorner.co.uk/b/bj
Thx. I’ve been to both. One thing I got was info on the blue label not being used until 1940. But, a lot of earlier ukuleles being advertised for sale with blue labels. That would clear up a very murky part of the history.