As radio brought Hawaiian music to the mainland in the early 20th Century, ukuleles became incredibly popular in American culture. Chicago-based Harmony manufactured the Supertone ukuleles for the Sears and Roebuck catalog, and these Hawaiian-inspired instruments satisfied the desires of aspiring musicians caught up in the "Uke Craze" of the late '10s and early '20s.
This Supertone Style No.456 is dated "Feb 10 '20." It was made in Chicago by Harmony, and it's a soprano ukulele built in the traditional Hawaiian style with the fingerboard flat against the body edge. The top, back, and sides are all laminate, and the veneer looks an awful lot like Koa (but it may be figured Mahogany). It has rope top binding and a rope rosette.
According to the label inside, Sears guaranteed this ukulele for one year after purchase... Well, what about 103 years? It's impressive that this old relic made it to 2023 in such nice, playable condition. At some point along the way, a previous owner replaced the tuners with planetary violin pegs, which look like the original friction pegs but are so much easier to tune.
This 1920 Supertone 456 Soprano Ukulele includes a featherweight case from Cordoba that isn't a perfect fit for the body, but feels sufficient to protect the ukulele as needed.