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19 minutes ago, FZ Fan said:

Is that a real thing?

That is what it's called.

Tongue in cheek, because it is somewhat similar in appearance to mother of pearl, but is actually a "pearloid" plastic material used  from the 1930's to the 1950's (or so) for speaker boxes, toilet seat covers, hair brushes, and other decorative items. As well, of course, for over-the-top inlays on instruments, including guitars, banjos, and accordions. I had a student accordion with MOTS inlays when I was a kid. I would play anything with a keyboard, much to the dismay of my mother, who wanted me to stick to piano.

Google it. There are lots of good pictures online.

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In the 1920s and 1930s you found MOTS on many of the cheaper guitars and mandolins.  I suspect in these cases it was used not as much as decoration but  in place of a fingerboard or to cover a wafer thin one.   I still own a Sears Harmony-made mandolin with an MOTS board and used to own a Schmidt Stella which had a really striking rose colored MOTS board.   On the other hand I also own an early-1930s Kay Kraft-made Oahu "Nick Lucas" which has an MOTS headstock.  Certainly not a cheap guitar as it sold for just under $100 in its day. 



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