Submitted by CalamityJon on June 11, 2009 - 14:48
Found this at the nearby Value Village (while I was shopping for loose banjo and guitar necks for cigar box variants of each, so it was quite a crafty old timey musicy day). A bow-and-sting instrument which also apparently went by the name of Ukelin (under other manufacturer), and had some popularity in the 30s.
It's apparently a bear-and-a-half to tune the durn thing, so it may end up being a wall piece. Still, I bought a cheap violin bow off of eBay last night and will give it a try when it arrives. Keeping in mind that I've got a six-string guitar that's tuned to something like High F over Q-Sharp, with a soupcon of cats yelling, there's every chance I isn't going to make this thing work.
Anyway, if nothing else, it's a great companion piece to my old Blue Comet banjo, which I ought to get hung up on the wall since I've got the inclination...