Played by a professional banjo player of the era, the distinguishing feature of this instrument is the M. Iucci Beltone Ring, Patent #1,233,881 July 17, 1917 (See pictures of patent papers). This would make this instrument either an early Michael Iucci banjo or the ring was purchased by the player and inserted into a banjo of his choice. Brompton's Auctioneers gave an unofficial estimate of the instrument at f300 ($400). There are no markings to indicate banjo brand but the Beltone ring has been stamped with the name and patent number.
The original face of the head was painted by the player and autographed on both sides by fans or bandmates. It was also torn when acquired so has been replaced with a head to match the era. The original torn head will be included with the instrument and pictures can sent upon request.
Banjo Hangout web page has an interesting article on the Iucci family and their work.
This banjo should have great significance to collectors just based on the tone ring.
Will entertain trade or partial trade for guitar or mandolin.
United States, St Johns Fl, FL, 32259
Returns not accepted.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Good Condition
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