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Girolamo Trucco Soprano Ukulele
Girolamo Trucco
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

Ermelinda Silvestri

Founded in Catania in 1891. Like most Italian makers Silvestri is more famous for the Mandolins it made, but in the worldwide musical instrument makers directory from 1925/6 they are listed as making Ukuleles as well, (they also made Guitars). Though I haven't seen many Ukuleles made by them I have seen quite a few other instruments so it must have been quite a large operation. Sometime in the 50's or 60's the name changed to S.Sgroi Silvestri and they also seem to have stopped production in the 1960's. Again like a lot of Italian makers, they put the makers mark on the soundboard of most of their instrument not the headstock

G. Bianchi

The label reads, " G. Bianchi premiata fabbrica di strumenti musicali a corda" which translates to "award-winning factory stringed musical instruments" and I have no further information, not even a location?

Girolamo Trucco

From Savona - Founded in 1840 and more famous for Violins

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