I was recently gifted this instrument and came here to see if anyone knows anything about it? I can’t find any models or serial numbers or ID of any kind except for the “Jos. Rogers Jr. Minstrel Brand” on the head.
Cool...looks like an old Buckbee banjo...1890s-early 1900’s. Very common make of instrument back then for the common man. Give it a good wipe down, tighten the head, get a new tailpiece for some nylon strings and you’ll be in bidnezz!
I've always wonder which banjo manufacture first started using hex brackets and when. I really hate them. But I have never seen hex brackets on a banjo that I thought was a Buckbee, believed they were a bit later, maybe?