Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

Banjo Lovers Online

 All Forums
 Other Banjo-Related Topics
 Collector's Corner
 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Dating a Clifford Essex Paragon (UPDATED)

Please note this is an archived topic, so it is locked and unable to be replied to. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link:

banjotrader - Posted - 03/02/2019:  04:19:28


The Paragon was introduced in Jun/Jul 1924. - This has been a point of debate, however since geared tuners appeared in 1923 it is impossible that the old-tag dating system can work (i.e. 1919 references).

Jun/Jul 1924: Introduced w/ friction tuners, soon thereafter they appear in BMG w/ geared tuners (early 1925).

Aug 1927: First Plectrum appears

Oct 1927: First "The Paragon" tags on the perch pole appear

Oct 1932: the "New Paragon" is introduced

Feb 1936: Co & Son LTD Launched

Sep 1937: Now at 90 Shaftesbury St

Dec 1939: Paravox introduced

This should provide a more educated guess at dating your Paragons.

Paragon specific Serialization:

Jun/Jul 1924 -> Early 1927: 1-300 (This applies to all Tenor, 5-String & Plectrum banjos).

These are sequential, All stamped "PARAGON" on the perch pole.

(5-String & Plectrums):

Early 1927 -> Late 1927: 1300-1499

late1927 - late1932: 1500-1599


Early 1927 -> Late 1927: 1100-1210

late1927 - late1932: 1211-1299

late1932-1936: 1600-1660 (New Paragon is introduced here)

1937+: 1661+ (Moves to 90 Shaftesbury St)

Many aspects of research were considered here:

- Tuners, Tag, Stamps, Rim Capping, Perch Pole hardware, BMG, British Federation of BMG Literature, etc..

CEParagon124 - Posted - 03/02/2019:  12:12:16

So, where do instruments 301 to 1099 fall?


banjowilly22 - Posted - 03/02/2019:  13:13:59

Hi Charlie, Simple answer is, there aren’t any.
I collaborated with Peter to create a data base of Clifford Essex Serial numbers,
On Paragon Banjos. It had never been clear before how their numbering system
Worked. But as Peter has shown, it is now much clearer, with his analysis.

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories