I now have 300 Weymann instruments registered with their serial numbers and other information.
Please keep registering your Weymann instruments, the information is invaluable. I’ll provide further updates as the numbers grow, but for now here are some findings and insights from the 300 instruments registered so far:
- There is no doubling up of serial numbers which supports the assumption that all Weymann stringed instruments are in the same serial number sequence.
- One instrument (a bowl-back mandolin) does not have a gold decal label or any style or serial number but does have a Keystone State logo impressed into the back of the headstock. I think this pre-dates the gold decal label:
These stampings have also appeared on a couple of banjos without decals:
and I did mention them in the Registry request post, however it now appears these were maybe used on all instruments before the gold decals appeared. Almost certainly any instrument with one of these stampings is pre-1900.
- 7 instruments registered don’t have serial numbers (but do have the early gold decal, [style ‘A’]. I believe these are early instruments before Weymann started using serial numbers, most likely also pre-1900.
- The earliest serial number I have recorded is just over 1300.
- The following are the approximate serial numbers and years of manufacture of the different gold decal label shapes:(Note: Shape D was used just for mandolutes, and Shape F just for Resonators. Also note that the wording inside the decal shapes can vary)
Update 13 Jan 2020: Just registered an instrument with Shape A decal with serial number in the 13590’s. So revising the table for Shape A serial number range 0 – 13600, and Shape B range 13600 – 22900.
- Style numbers on all instruments were not introduced until about 1914, just after the Shape ‘B’ decal was introduced. This means that if an instrument has the style ‘A’ decal, it is unlikely to have a style number. The earlier instruments also do not carry a serial number.
- Where there are consecutive serial numbers they are often the same style of instrument. Which indicates to me they were made in small batches (of maybe 6-12 instruments or even less). This is supported by this photograph where we can see six F hole guitars lined up in production:
- There is a great diversity of instruments, and while I don’t believe the sample is large enough yet to give an indication of the proportion of each instrument made, it does show the range of instruments and their different variations:
BANJOS 151 registered – Includes four- string (plectrum and tenor), five- string, six-string (guitar Banjo), mandolin banjos, ukulele banjos, and harp wood banjos.
GUITARS 49 registered – Rarely are there 2 guitars the same.
MANDOLUTES 45 registered
MANDOLINS 33 registered
UKULELES 20 registered
ZITHER 1 registered
BABY GRAND PIANO 1 registered – (the piano has a serial number which would date it to c.1923 if it is the same sequence as the stringed instruments).
I’ll revisit this review of Registry findings when there are more instruments added that brings more information to light.
All the best