A few years ago, I was told that a distant cousin was in possession of my great-great grandfather's banjo. Naturally, I was skeptical. I asked her to bring it to a family reunion, and upon further review, I became convinced it was his. Her grandmother, (Tom's daughter) gave it to her, and explained that it belonged to her father, Tom Patterson. It definitely appears to be a very low-end instrument, slotted screws holding the bracket shoes, no heel cap, just white dots on the fret board (which is really just the top of the neck, which was obviously dyed black. Papa Tom was born in 1864, and died in 1932. He lived in rural Jackson County, Alabama. Most likely, he ordered it from Sears & Roebuck, or bought it from the peddler.
Since I am the only family member that still plays banjo, my cousin gave it to me today, ensuring it will always stay in the family. To say the least, I'm very excited. I realize it has very little financial worth, but it is priceless to me, and I look forward to playing a tune on Papa Tom's banjo in the very near future.
I think it's a Buckbee, but I'm no expert, so I'd like to hear your input.
It has 51 brackets, and a really neat tailpiece. Also, there is a "L" stamped on the backside of the neck, below the head stock.
Edited by - Patrick Patterson on 10/04/2020 19:24:06