We used a little violin polish to clean this early uke, too bad we didn't do that BEFORE these photos were taken as now it there's a nicer glow to the original finish.
This is a wonderful Style 1K and although we can't be absolutely certain about the year, this one has features that pin it down to a relatively narrow range of dates. The Grover Simplex tuners shown here replaced wood friction pegs in 1927, and by 1932 Martin began using their decal logo on the headstock. Yes, this might be from a year or two after 1927, but it almost certainly isn't any earlier.
As you can see from the photos of the neck, the fingerboard has wear from the player's fingers in first position. There's a few nicks and dings, and some wear to the finish on the face near the end of the fingerboard, but the only crack is a very short and tight hairline to the back which we've repaired. Sounds and plays great with the nice snappy tone of koa, comes in a new hardshell case.