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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Identification 1920's french banjo


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Gbird412 - Posted - 05/07/2021:  08:49:36


Was always told this was a 1920's French made banjo, and at one point I thought I found the maker, but can no longer seem to find the information I had on the internet. Anyone able to identify and point me in the right direction? No visible markings are on it.


Edited by - Gbird412 on 05/07/2021 09:53:00


IMBanjoJim - Posted - 05/07/2021:  09:44:40


Photos?

Ira Gitlin - Posted - 05/07/2021:  09:45:48


I see the photos in your profile (way cool, BTW), but you'll get more responses to your question if you post them directly in this thread.

Gbird412 - Posted - 05/07/2021:  09:51:31


Thank you, new to the thread and didn't realize I needed to attach after uploading haha

pasdimo - Posted - 05/07/2021:  14:18:29


There is a similar banjo here (a Silga) but not exactly the same :
galerie-casanova.com/portfolio...marquete/
It’s difficult to find a maker, back in this time different parts were made by several makers

Gbird412 - Posted - 05/07/2021:  14:44:27


quote:




Originally posted by pasdimo

There is a similar banjo here (a Silga) but not exactly the same :

galerie-casanova.com/portfolio...marquete/

It’s difficult to find a maker, back in this time different parts were made by several makers






Thank you, I had seen that one, but when trying to further look into that marking, it's basically a dead end besides a few mandolins and banjolins for sale with that marking on the neck which mine doesn't have. Your comment about separate makers is interesting though, you can see the accent on the peghead was broken off of mine, I recall seeing a very similar banjo in Antique Road Show with a curl to the top instead of the Bock face that the silgas have. 

AndrewD - Posted - 05/07/2021:  14:50:19


If I had to guess I'd go with French 20's or 30's. Those zither style 4 strings with fancy curved headstocks and marquetry backs usually are (when they're not Italian) . Oddity about this one is that it has what looks like a Presto tailepiece. If it is and it's contemporary with the banjo then it's probably the most valuable thing in the picture.

Gbird412 - Posted - 05/07/2021:  15:18:13


quote:

Originally posted by AndrewD

If I had to guess I'd go with French 20's or 30's. Those zither style 4 strings with fancy curved headstocks and marquetry backs usually are (when they're not Italian) . Oddity about this one is that it has what looks like a Presto tailepiece. If it is and it's contemporary with the banjo then it's probably the most valuable thing in the picture.






Good eye, that is a presto tailpiece. Not sure if it is contemporary with the banjo but definite signs of oxidation. 

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