Here's a banjo-mandolin that is stamped Ditson "Victory". The tone ring suspended above pot, pot cladding, shoes, and a lot of other details look an awful lot like Vega Style N and Little Wonder. Does anyone know if Vega made any instruments that didn't carry the Vega stamp ? I'm guessing the banjo-mando is circa 1920's-1930's.
Looks like a Vega to me too. Recently I saw a Ditson banjo-mandolin with a Tubaphone tonering and the other appointments appropriate to a Vega Tubaphone. That one did not bear a Vega stamp or other Vega branding, but was without question a Vega.
You probably should send me that Whyte Laydie. I mean if it doesn't say Vega, you really don't want it. Being the kind soul that I am, I will take it off your hands and free up some space for you. LOL.
My Whyte Laydie is stamped Whyte Laydie, Fairbanks Banjo made by the Vega Company (and I'm keeping it ! !). I've seen a couple other banjos that had a Ditson label applied but were otherwise clearly attributable to one of the known makers. The banjo-mando is a little odd in that it has Vega characteristics but doesn't have any Vega info on it.