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!
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.