Posted 8 years ago
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.