OK - final instalment.
The guitar arrived here yesterday and I am totally delighted! It has been much played over the years, but that's a plus for me. Fatdog fitted a new compensated bridge, new nut, reset the neck and put in new bridge pins. The back and sides are very nice quartered oak and the top appears to be spruce. The dimensions are upper bout 9", lower bout 13", length 37" and depth 4 and a 1/2". It has a triangular neck and 12 frets to the body/neck joint. It plays like a dream and has an amazing sound for such a small body. It IS a lyon and Healy Lakeland and still has the original label inside. Somebody had fitted a scratch-plate at some time which has since been removed leaving three holes wich have been filled and one of the tuner plates (it's a slot head) has been replaced in the dim and distant past, not quite matching the other one. My research on the net suggests it was probably made between 1910 and 1920.
Does anyone out there have one like this? Any comments?
I intend to put a page on my web-site soon with pics of my instruments. You'll be able to see it there.
Finally - If you're prepared to be patient I can thouroughly recommend Fatdog and Subway Guitars.