Here's a Style 115 Washburn with the early paper label used from 1896 to 1905, with a serial number suggesting it was made in 1897.All the finish and parts are original, and the neck is straight with relatively low string action.In the 1970s, mandolins were first revived by Beckman Musical Instruments with the WM40 and WM70.In 1978, an entirely new line was introduced that included endorser Jethro Burns.Circa 1915, Washburn introduced the flat-back mandolin that was similar to Gibson's design.
The original company was established in 1883 in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1912, Washburn introduced the Lakeside Jumbo guitar, which some condider the first dreadnought-sized guitar.
It bridged the gap between smaller-bodied "parlor" guitars of the late 19th and early 20th century and modern-day dreadnought and jumbo acoustic guitars.
The first models were the bowl-back instruments with deep bowls.
Washburn offered many different grades of their mandolins ranging from basic to highly inlaid ornate models.