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Mar 13, 2018 - 2:32:58 PM
184 posts since 3/19/2015

This banjo was posted locally and listed as a 1970s-80s Washburn. Did they put out reproductions of these in that time frame? Looks older to my eye. Photos to follow

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:46:16 PM

fngrpikr Players Union Member

USA

184 posts since 3/19/2015

I lifted these from the listing so can't do any better...




 

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:47:02 PM
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1299 posts since 1/13/2012

More like 1880s-90s.

Andy

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:48:41 PM

csacwp

USA

1651 posts since 1/15/2014

Likely 1890s given the 22 frets.

Mar 13, 2018 - 4:02:02 PM

fngrpikr Players Union Member

USA

184 posts since 3/19/2015

Any thoughts on what it may be worth?

Mar 13, 2018 - 4:30:41 PM

690 posts since 2/17/2005

I can't tell from these pics if the hardware (hooks/nuts) are Imperial type and intact. It's got the desirable Hunter and Mayes pattern inlays. Last one of these I had I sold for $650 I think. The engraved pots go for a bit more...I'd be at $400-$600 if its all original

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:46:07 AM

Stephen John Prior

United Kingdom

972 posts since 4/25/2007

Nice banjo. I'd also say 1890's. Style 1050. Missing the original tailpiece so I'm with Blake on the valuation if the Imperial hardware is all intact.

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:36:07 AM

3874 posts since 9/21/2007

Three octave neck means post 1894/95. Other then SSS banjos it is rare to see the tenth marked pre early 1900s so it could be as late as the teens.

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:07:24 AM

fngrpikr Players Union Member

USA

184 posts since 3/19/2015

Just found out the head is 10”

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:13:06 AM

fngrpikr Players Union Member

USA

184 posts since 3/19/2015

Would that be considered a pony banjo? Or a ladies banjo?

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:51:25 AM

fngrpikr Players Union Member

USA

184 posts since 3/19/2015

Here are a couple more photos although not great quality...






Mar 14, 2018 - 1:32:21 PM
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fngrpikr Players Union Member

USA

184 posts since 3/19/2015

Yeah he wants $500 for it and I already have a much nicer Washburn with carved heel and the more elaborate inlay engraving etc. so I'm going to pass I think. Here's mine. Thanks for all the great input guys!


Mar 16, 2018 - 12:31:55 AM
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skip sail

Australia

1549 posts since 2/24/2008

yours appears to be a 1025,from the mid 1890's. very nice banjo

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:00:12 PM

45 posts since 9/30/2009

I'm not sure how others feel, but I love my 10" Haynes Ladies banjo and travel with it a lot. If the neck is as good as the rest of it looks, I'd think $500 would be a reasonable price. I don't feel it's a steal but as a player I think it could be mighty nice.

Mar 18, 2018 - 5:16:19 AM

fngrpikr Players Union Member

USA

184 posts since 3/19/2015

If anyones interested let me know and I'll post a link. I have no skin in the game at all. I just spotted it on FaceBook Marketplace.

Mar 19, 2018 - 6:35:52 AM

esmic

Canada

218 posts since 6/27/2011

The Facebook listed banjo would be a model 1050 , described in the 1897 Lyon & Healy/Washburn catalogue as having 18 imperial brackets, engraved pearl fbd. in M&H pattern and no carved heel. The three catalogue woodcuts showing the M&H pattern have markers at the 10th, so that appears to have been normal practise for this brand, well before the industry standard was established around 1909.

Edited by - esmic on 03/19/2018 06:41:15

Mar 19, 2018 - 7:05:17 AM

171 posts since 4/7/2010

I had one just like it; traded it to George Gruhn for my Bacon ff. One I probably should have kept but I didn't think I liked the 10" rim.

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:49:52 PM
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713 posts since 12/8/2006

It is so hard for me to grasp that this 100+-year-old gorgeous banjo is being valued at about the same amount as a used Goodtime. That just blows me away! The inlays, the age, the craftsmanship, the semi-rarity versus the 170 Goodtimes built/week. I can't be the only banjo nut to see the incongruity here. Paul

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:54:54 PM

9945 posts since 10/27/2006

For $500, someone should be enjoying a very nice banjo.

Mar 23, 2018 - 5:15:54 AM

1299 posts since 1/13/2012

quote:
Originally posted by esmic

The Facebook listed banjo would be a model 1050 , described in the 1897 Lyon & Healy/Washburn catalogue as having 18 imperial brackets, engraved pearl fbd. in M&H pattern and no carved heel. The three catalogue woodcuts showing the M&H pattern have markers at the 10th, so that appears to have been normal practise for this brand, well before the industry standard was established around 1909.


Yes, Washburn/L&H did start putting a marker at the 10th fret early on. I have also seen many J. B. Schall banjos that were also built that way, sometimes with an additional marker at the 12th fret and sometimes the 10th only, ala S. S. Stewart.

Andy

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:05:35 AM

fngrpikr Players Union Member

USA

184 posts since 3/19/2015

Update. The seller sent me a message he had dropped it to $350 and by the time I got back to him it was sold. Someone got a good deal...

Mar 28, 2018 - 2:20:47 AM

Stephen John Prior

United Kingdom

972 posts since 4/25/2007

$350 i feel was an outright bargain.

Mar 28, 2018 - 3:41:25 AM

John Firth-Smith

Australia

57 posts since 3/13/2010

I wanted to buy it for US$500 + costs - but he did not want to ship to Australia ?

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