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For Sale: 1897 William Cole 5-String

Posted By: Spodumene | Rate Member
 Returns allowed with money back refund

$4,000 USD

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I've recently acquired this wonderfully inlaid, finely built, rare high end Boston banjo from William Cole, which I believe dates from 1897 or thereabouts.

Has 10.5" diameter rim w/ Eclipse tone-ring; black painted exterior, possibly refinished; original shoes with replaced hooks and nuts.

Original Elite tailpiece shows signs of repair. The 27" scale neck features gorgeous engraved pearl inlay throughout, with a butterfly at the fifth fret, and a boat heel with fine carving. Light typical surface wear on the neck profile.

A small crack is present on the peghead overlay. Replaced frets are in good shape. The tuners are metal friction pegs with pearl buttons. Currently it is strung with nylon strings & skin head. Just set up for optimal playability. Price is $4000 firm + actual shipping, or pickup in Chicago.

Thanks for looking.


United States, Chicago, IL, 60625


shipping at actual cost

Payment Methods: (Buyer Pays Fees), Check/Money Order, Cash (in person)

Return Policy:

Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition




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Would be happy to answer questions, though I am not a banjo player.

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