Made in the famous New York shop of Ciani, Cerrito and others of the Italian Guild, a group of highly skilled luthiers who had emmigrated from Italy to New York and set up shop on Kenmare St. John D'Angelico, a nephew of Ciani, evolved out of this shop. This is the only known archtop jazz guitar known to have come from this shop. Most likely, it was an order that came into the Oscar Schmidt company, and not having the wherewithal to make it, they commissioned Antonio Cerrito to hand build the guitar. The pickguard and tailpiece are replacements.
It is apparently influenced a great deal by the Gibson 16" L-5, as were almost every other builder of archtop guitars of the time.