Vintage Silver King #824
Dull tin rubbing surface.
Large family-size version of Midget 442, but with spiral herringbone rub surface pattern similar to Zinc King #701 and Brass King #801.
Genuine Vintage Silver King #824 Washboard. Made by National Washboard Co.
Large family-size version of Midget #442, a popular alternative to the legendary Zinc King #703.
The Silver King #824 (like the Midget #442) features three kinds of rub surfaces: Shiny Tin, Zinc, or Dull Tin. All in all, the washboards sound pretty much alike. In our tests with the pail-size Baby Grand, the shiny rub surface had the highest tone, the dull surface had the lowest tone, and zinc was in the middle.
Shiny (higher tone than Zinc King #703)
Zinc (similar to Zinc King #703)
Dull (similar, but lower tone than Zinc King #703)
Which Washboard Grade is Right for You?
Every washboard we sell is a fine playing vintage instrument. All parts are intact and in good working order. For all practical purposes each washboard plays just as well as the next. The difference in price merely reflects the outward appearance of the wood, the rubbing surface, and the ink.
Washboards in all grades below are antique objects that might show signs of age, wear, or inconsequential damage such as small chips in the frame, water staining, and paint spots from long term storage or display.
Grading Scale in a Nutshell:
The weathered ones cost less, the clean unblemished ones cost more.
Might show scuffs, scratches, minor cracks in wood. Ink might be faded or missing. Might show conspicuous corrosion, soap residue or other slight imperfections. No significant cracks in wood frame. No pin holes, cracks or breaks in metal rubbing surface. No serious ruts, dents or substantial scratches (i.e. washboard was not a musical instrument in former life). No missing back panels. No missing parts. Framework is sturdy yet flexible. Washboard has been around the block a few times but is eminently playable.
Overall better condition.
Light wear. Hardly used. Little or no soap residue. Ink color and print quality usually good, but not always.
Appears unused. Ink color and print quality usually good, but not always. Belongs in a museum. Don't know why you would want to scrape up a fine antique relic like this to play music on it though.
- Large family-size version of Midget #442: Hard to find item.
- Dull Tin Rub Surface: Slightly lower tone than zinc. Resists rust.
- All Wood Frame: Easy to attach accessory items
- Large and Durable: Plenty of real estate for accessories.
- Distinctive Crackly Sound: Not clangy or ringy
- Back Panels Resonate Sound: Adds tonality and sound color
- Floating Construction: Boosts harmonics
- Sturdy Yet Flexible: Radiates sound, won't fall apart
- Natural Wood Finish: Won't irritate skin
Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
- Length: 23" to 24"
- Width: 13"
- Thickness: 2"
- Composition: Wood frame, dull tin rub surface
- Weight: 2 lb, 3 oz (1 kg)
- Manufacturer: National Washboard Co.
- Finish and Color: Natural wood. Dull tin rub surface.
- Model: Silver King, Top Notch, Special Washboard Metal, #824
- Condition: Eminently playable
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