Eugene Howard guitar number 13973?

Here is an email I received from a visitor to one of our other websites - any ideas?

Cleaning my mothers attic we found an old guitar with the makers mark inside. It said Eugene Howard maker with the number 13973 in it. I have been researching it but can only find out that he was a maker of guitars from 1896-1925. I would like to know more about the guitar before I let my 4 year old granddaughter play with it. Any info you could give me would be appreciated. Thank you

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I could only find this thread:
http://www.guitarsite.com/database/Stores/rec/327/wwwboard/messages/95.shtml,
which doesn't lead anywhere much, and this:

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Q: I have a very small parlor guitar with an inside label that reads "Eugene Howard, Maker." F
A: Eugene Howard was the Cincinnati, OH maker of Howard brand instruments c1896-1920s. They were distributed by Wurlitzer, a major wholesaler, with branches in Cincinnati and Chicago. Later, Howard became a Wurlitzer brandname.


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