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beezaboy - Posted - 05/12/2021:  06:17:04


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.


beezaboy - Posted - 05/12/2021:  06:30:01


The next M/W catalog I have is Catalog 77 (1908 1909) and I swear banjo L 383 has a Rettberg & Lange peghead shape for that era.


Joel Hooks - Posted - 05/12/2021:  07:05:57


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.


John Firth-Smith - Posted - 05/12/2021:  19:28:03


quote:Hi John and Joel, I have one of those MW Windsor banjos #25841 in the catalog - nice banjo and almost identical to a L&H Mystic banjo that I also have  -  cheers  John

Originally posted by beezaboy

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.






 

beezaboy - Posted - 05/13/2021:  04:43:29


John Firth-Smith
John - I think the M/W Windsor banjo is probably quite scarce. I have some photos of one. You are lucky to have one. Congrats.


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