This was a winter build; dated/initialed on the 14th of January, 1910 under the top by FHM (Frank Henry Martin, the man who brought Martin through its Golden Era). It is "pre-war..." actually pre-WWI!
Beautiful guitar in great condition. Light play wear. One repaired side crack on bass side of lower bout; only evidenced by cleats inside. Not really detectable from the outside. One repaired (hide glue/no cleats) back crack that is detectable but not distracting. Original pyramid bridge, bridgeplate and pearl bridge pins. Original tuners and bar frets.
This one likely had a triangular pickguard at one time - the shadow and two filled screw holes from that are noticeable in some angles if you know what to look for, but none of it detracts from the guitar's excellent patina. It just recently had a neck reset and some bar frets reset so playability is excellent. Stewart Port, the master luthier who does much of our work on the old Martins and who did the work on the subject guitar said the top thickness (over 100 thousandths) is very equivalent to a '30s Martin and that this one can handle medium steel strings with no problem, and as proof of that, there is very little "belly" to the top even with steel tension.
The tone, with steel strings, is spectacular - bright and sparkly with snappy piano bass too. A stellar example of how many pre-'20s Martins were actually "over-braced" for gut strings and come into their own with steel.
This guitar weighs Less than THREE POUNDS...