Kay Guitar

Anyone able to date an old Kay archtop acoustic?

Only information I have is it is stamped L1897 in the inside in black ink. Kay isn't present on the headstock, but my assumption is it is an older Kay guitar. Can anyone with knowledge of Kays model/serial numbers help?

Here are some sites that could help:

http://vintageguitarpro.com/serialgandl.shtml

http://www.provide.net/~cfh/other.html#kay

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Guitar-General-649/Kay-Guitar.htm

http://www.geocities.com/stereoscoptic/kay/index.html

http://www.guitarsite.com/database/Guitars/rec/6753/

http://www.vguitar.com/search/esearch.asp?start=0&search=kay&submit=search&type=boolean&date1=&date2=&perpage=10&summary=yes

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