Here is a "Ditson" branded dreadnought-shaped ukulele which was made for a limited time by the C.F. Martin Co. in Nazareth, PA, between 1915 and 1927. Ditson was a retailer in Boston and New York City in those years. The earliest Ditson/Martin ukes were branded on the back of the headstock, and on the inside back (visible through the sound hole). A C.F. Martin stamp did not appear on a Ditson uke until 1925, on the back of the headstock.
It was Harry Hunt, the manager of the Ditson store in New York City, who specified the dreadnought-shaped ukes that were shipped only to the New York store. The Ditson store in Boston chose to stock only the standard shaped Martin ukuleles.
The larger sound chamber of the dreadnought-shaped ukes produced a beautiful and different tone. They also produced greater volume and projection.
This Ditson/Martin Style 0 ukulele is all mahogany with a varnish finish. The top and sides are crack free. The back has 3 cracks that are tight, reinforced and well repaired. They are almost invisible. The original finish has had French polish applied over it to seal the cracks.
The Grover Champion tuners, the bar frets, and the bridge are original parts. Included is a newer hard foam case.
This instrument plays easily, sounds great, and overall, appears to be in excellent condition for a 95-year old uke.