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Jose Do Espiritu Santo late c. 1880's

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Posted 4 years ago

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Made by Jose Do Espiritu Santo. In 1879, Santo was aboard the Ravenscraig, the 2nd boatload of Portuguese immigrants to come to Hawaii. He was one of 3 men on board who could make what became known in Hawaii as the ukulele, derived from the Portuguese instrument the machete, or braguinha. This very fine example boasts a readable label. The other two men, Augusto Dias and Manuel Nunes also began manufacturing ukuleles shortly after their arrival. A very rare ukulele from a time near the Hawaiian origin of the instrument.

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  1. valleyboy valleyboy, 4 years ago
    you have a great piece of history here---few people know the ukulele's portuguese origins. fantastic stuff!
  2. areliczone areliczone, 4 years ago
    I worked repairing one a few months ago. I will post its picture.

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