Good looking Braguinha, over 100 years old. It was made in Madeira and is currently stringless. This instrument was basically the forerunner of the Ukulele. This one has 2 surface cracks, as shown, which are the result of age not bad handling.Beautifully made with inlay flower.
It is a Tiple, made by Lyon and Healy, circa 1926. It has a spruce top and mahogany back and sides. It is a 10 string, top of the line model. It Qs originally sold by Washburn, Chicago, a world renowned musical instrument supplier.
It is Nickel plated brass and I assume it dates from the early 1900,s. Not sure exactly how this works, but I think it is placed upon the instrument and pointer moves to the musical key. I have pictured it alongside a matchbox for sizing and of course matchbox is not included.