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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Seeking information on a 19th century banjo


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Mark Ralston - Posted - 05/11/2022:  07:11:37


A friend bought this banjo. I'm doing some restoration and would like to find out more information on the banjo. It has no maker's marks. Details from initial inspection:
• Total length 35 7/8", weight 3 lb 11 oz.
• Neck 24", fingerboard 18"
• Neck at nut is 1 1/8" wide by 5/8" deep
• Neck at heel is 2 1/8" x 2 3/4"
• Brass heel plate: total 5 3/8", extends 3" over head.
• Minstrel figure at heel = 8 1/2", swan figure at peghead is 3 3/4"
• Pot 11 3/4" dia by 2 3/4" deep. Pot consists of a brass band and a galvanized metal band, held together by brass tabs at the shoe locations.
I'm posting photos of the banjo and restoration process (reproduction shoes, hooks and nuts; mahogany dowel; etc.) and some notes on Google Drive at: drive.google.com/drive/folders...p=sharing

Thanks in advance for any comments that people may have on the banjo, such as probable age, possible maker, locality, comparable instruments, etc.








A Drum On A Stick - Posted - 05/11/2022:  07:55:55


For anyone feeling déjà vu, the previous threads:

banjohangout.org/topic/382511/

banjohangout.org/topic/382630

Mark Ralston - Posted - 05/11/2022:  08:00:33


Ian - tnx........ I had forgotten about the owner's previous posts here on BHO. So this post counts as a "bump" with more pictures on Google Drive.

Joel Hooks - Posted - 05/11/2022:  10:22:51


My thought, based on nothing and without any reason or proof, is that this was a homemade banjo inspired by the existence of Joe Sweeney.

I can see this as an entry in a county fair or other such contest.

kyleb - Posted - 05/11/2022:  10:27:03


it could be a sweeny, it could not be a sweeny, it could have been made for sweeny, it could have nothing to do with him. we have no way of knowing. eitherway its a fantastic piece and im glad its in your hands for the restoration. The tea cup handle on the headstock is facinating, i wonder what the signifigance of that is?


Edited by - kyleb on 05/11/2022 10:27:44

Fishcoy - Posted - 05/11/2022:  11:26:48


Google search has a way connecting unrelated information. That being said, if you search swan and Netchez, MS. You get a famous opera singer known as "Black Swan."



facebook.com/101427513238306/p...8/?type=3



Maybe the banjo is a homage to playing the banjo like Sweeney and evoking the renown and precise voice of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield?



This comment is complete speculation.


Edited by - Fishcoy on 05/11/2022 11:32:28

Fishcoy - Posted - 05/11/2022:  11:49:34


quote:

Originally posted by Fishcoy

Google search has a way connecting unrelated information. That being said, if you search swan and Netchez, MS. You get a famous opera singer known as "Black Swan."



facebook.com/101427513238306/p...8/?type=3



Maybe the banjo is a homage to playing minstrel music like Joel Sweeney and evoking the renown and precise voice of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfieloff 

This comment is complete speculation.






 

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