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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: J.B Tucker Milan, Ohio banjo ca. 1887

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Slingerland - Posted - 05/10/2022:  19:38:22

I have a ca. 1887 banjo made in Milan, Ohio by J.B. Tucker (1848-1923). Milan is also the birthplace of Thomas Edison who was born in 1849.

J.B. appears to have been a woodworker and I’ve found newspaper references to woodworking ribbons he won at the Erie Co. Fair ca. 1890 for turning, brackets, etc.

J.B. was killed by being hit by an interurban streetcar in 1923.

This banjo was recently lovingly restored by Smakula Fretted Instruments.

Edited by - Slingerland on 05/10/2022 19:45:12

woodchips - Posted - 05/11/2022:  02:51:14

That is a cool looking banjo. Very sweet and Smakula did it justice. He left the age and patina to show the life that this instrument has lived.

Bob Smakula - Posted - 05/11/2022:  03:49:39

To give credit where credit is due, Smakula Fretted Instruments' chief banjo mechanic, Andy FitzGibbon, did all the work on this instrument.

We are careful with our work. We try hard to balance repair, conservation, preservation, and practicality on the instruments we restore.

Bob Smakula


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