Hello. New here. I wonder if anyone could help me identify the builder/brand of this little banjo based on the peghead? A one-off home-built maybe? It looked a little intriguing to me, and a little more intriguing still as it has a Jack Pierce signature inside the skin head -- and though he was a fiddler, I wondered if it could be the Jack Pierce who played with Jimmie Rodgers for a short time in the mid-20's. Thanks in advance for any help.
Hi Bob (and all). I had meant to mention that I spotted the banjo in a local craigslist post, and am at the mercy of the photos they provided. Here are a few more, though I'm afraid that this is all I've got.
Looking closely, it appears that this banjo has a cracked neck heel. It is also missing the neck attachment hardware.
To me, these issues, and the fact that it never was a high end instrument are more important than the maker or some previous owner who may have been, but probably wasn't the Jack Pierce who played fiddle with Jimmy Rogers.