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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Wellington 1890's banjo -is it possibly a Cole?

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cs2hotspur - Posted - 03/24/2021:  14:39:21

hi all, i have my grandfathers old banjo that i learned on and i am trying to figure out who made it. there's no stamp anywhere on head, neck, dowel, peghead. The peghead looks just like a Cole. There is a dowel with a small plate on it that says "Wellington" in fancy letters. Where the dowel connects at bottom of the banjo it has stamped on the metal: "Patented Aug 18,91." here are pix of Wellington peghead, peghead styles and the Wellington stamp. Any thoughts appreciated, thx in advance! 


Edited by - cs2hotspur on 03/24/2021 14:57:39

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 03/24/2021:  15:18:17

Pictures don't appear. Try adding them again.

Andy FitzGibbon - Posted - 03/24/2021:  15:21:33

That patent date applies to Victor Kraske's patent for a neck angle adjustment mechanism. So your banjo was most likely made by JB Schall, of Chicago, or from Schall-manufactured parts. Photos will confirm.

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