Here's the flip-side of the head plate in an unvarnished state. You can see the National Washboard Company logo and the number 801. This version is the "Top Notch 801" as it has a notched wooden bar above the rubbing surface. Memphis and Chicago are mentioned. See those cracks in the wood! Oh dear!
I love the old-time lettering. My challenge when restoring this washboard was to retain as much of this as possible.
I want to call out a fantastic site by the Bone Dry Musical Instrument Co. which details this and a number of other washboards. On the linked page you'll get a lot more of a description of the actual 801 washboard itself and options for different sizes and models. Definitely a site to check out if you're on the hunt for a washboard yourself. And, if you're feeling particularly lazy, you can buy a washboard direct from them too.
|Charles T Gilbert was a part of the National Washboard Company and actively filing patents for washboard innovations to get the edge on the competition. Here's his idea for a double-faced washboard. It was a cut-throat business these here washboards! ;-)|
I haven't yet put in the screws, but here is the finished washboard from the front. Looking good! The wood has lost its bleached appearance and once again it looks top notch.
I don't know if this is going to work, but check out this washboard video below... You won't regret it!
Doug's ready for Europe! #BMBTOUR #BMBEUROPE Peavey Electronics #France #Germany #Belgium #Netherlands #UK #Ireland #Switzerland
Posted by Ben Miller Band on Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Update 20-Jul-15: After I published this post I only went and put the screws in. Here's a shot of the end result.