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For Sale: S.S. Stewart Universal Favorite No. 3, c. 1891, ser. 6906

Posted By: Appleby (+1) | Rate Member
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$1,950 USD

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A rare S.S. Stewart banjo, made around 1891. It has a warm, vintage sound and is in good condition (except for replacement hardware and inlay flaws, as shown). I believe this is a Universal Favorite No. 3—a splendid example of 19th century S.S. Stewart craftsmanship. A similar Stewart banjo sold for $3346 at Heritage Auctions in 2011.

• Cherry neck and ebony fretboard
• Mother-of-pearl inlayed neck, with crescents, stars, diamonds, dots & fleur-de-lis (minor chips to 2 inlays; 1 small inlay on headstock is missing)
• 11” head, 26 brackets (with some replacement hardware)
• Handcarved heel with grapevine pattern
• Includes hard shell plush-lined case with lock and key

This instrument belonged to my late brother-in-law, Jonathan Pickow, who was a professional old-timey musician.

I am new to Banjo Hangout, but Jon told me that this was the best place to find a good instrument. I am an author/compiler of music books (and not a banjo player myself), but I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about this instrument as best I can. Just email me through this ad.


United States, Sherman, CT


$115 within the US

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Cash (in person), Paypal

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Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition




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