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Gaetano Sapienza Soprano Ukulele
Gaetano Sapienza
I have seen a quote that in the 1920's "Mandolin Makers were more common than Pizzerias in Italy". That may or may not be true but there were a lot of them and some of them turned their hand to making Ukuleles and Banjoleles as well. Unfortunately there is not a lot of information on most of them beyond the paper label in the sound hole.
Here is the ones I have seen so far, with any other information I have found on them

Carlo Ricardo

From Naples (and imported by J T C, the same company that distributed Down Souths and Handels)

Gaetano Sapienza

From Catania, Sicily according to the label and I have no further information

G Puglisi Reale i Figli

From Catania, Sicily - The Puglisi family started building musical instruments around 1820. Giuseppe Puglisi Reale founded one of the largest Italian factories for manufacturing bowed and plucked string instruments in 1880 and in 1906 the firm became G. Puglisi Reale i Figlio (i Figlio means and Sons in Italian). He had 2 sons, Concetto and Michelangelo. Michelangelo Puglisi ran the workshop successfully after 1909 and his son Salvatore Puglisi took it over after that. The factory was destroyed during bombing in WWII (1943). It was rebuilt after the war and after Salvatore`s death, his son (in law?) Buccheri Puglisi took over. In 1962 prior to his death Buccheri gave all the factory's tools to Alfredo Privitera, who established the Privitera Company which is still going today but no longer makes musical instruments All of the examples I have seen have had date on manufacture on the soundhole label

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