Joel Hooks Joel - I'm a Montgomery Ward catalog collector when I can get them. FYI is attached M/W Catalog 57(1895); Catalog 61 (Spring Summer 1897) and catalog 69 (Spring Summer 1901). Catalog 57 see #25837. Catalog 61 see #25835. Catalog 69 see #L 375.
Yes, that is the peghead used on Bill Bowen banjos.
Re: "Steward" banjos, the 1894 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog offered the same banjo with "birch neck". I feel 99% sure that this is not an actual S. S. Stewart made banjo but rather a "Steward Model" (wink, wink-- nudge, nudge).
I've seen early Stewarts with walnut and maple necks, but once he committed to cherry that was it (except for rare examples of fancy woods). I seriously doubt that he would have used birch. Also, why would they get the name wrong?"
So I am thinking that "Steward Model" is sort of like "Masterclone"-- based on or loosely copying the overall pattern.