I don't know very much about the history of my Leonardo Bellini. It was an ebay win, like all of my pre loved Ukuleles, and the seller didn't have any information beyond the obvious - its made by Leonardo Bellini of Naples, (it says so on the soundboard!) I'm guessing its pre WW2 because I haven't seen any Italian Ukuleles like this that are post war? But I don't know this for sure and when I looked the maker up on the Internet I could find nothing on him.
To the Ukulele itself - It came with mismatched wooden friction tuners all of which looked like Violin pegs and slightly too big for the holes, Since they weren't a set and I didn't think they looked original anyway I have replaced them with a modern set of friction tuners. The nut is original and the way it has been cut means that the strings have to go straight up into the headstock and this in turn means they come onto the tuners from different sides - adds to the fun when tuning! It also didn't have a saddle when it came - I am unsure whether this type of setup is suppose to have a floating bridge as a saddle but the addition of one here certainly improved the tone and volume making me think it should. I have used an old Banjolele bridge sanded down so it doesn't make the action too high. I would like to know what the original setup was though, and what the original bridge looked like, (I think the anchor bridge has been re-glued at some point?)
The back has been pressed into a fairly substantial bowl so there is a little of the tendency toward a Mandolin in manufacture but it is all very well put together and all of the inlay work, (yes the flowers on the Gopaedor are inlay not paint or decal as is the decoration around the sound hole), is very well done. Its all in such good condition that there is a doubt in my mind that it is pre WW2 however with the inlay and the history of Italian manufacture it is only a very small doubt. I think losing its floating bridge meant it didn't sound very good so previous owners didn't play it and this is the cause of its condition. Nevertheless I would like to know more about the maker, (and the rest of the Ukuleles history after finding the picture of the nice young lady! for example is she holding this one or did Leonardo make a number of them with similar golpeadors)?