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H.F circa 1920 tenor banjo copper back

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Aug 10, 2018 - 3:51:16 PM

moeyp

USA

1 posts since 8/10/2018

moeyp: Hi, Could anyone provide me with information on an H.F. 4 string 17 fret banjo I picked up today? It seems to have a back made of copper. Thanks




 

Edited by - moeyp on 08/10/2018 16:28:17

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:58:59 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

10445 posts since 6/29/2003

Could be a Homo Faber. Chicago IL c1900. Whether it was made by him or for him is uncertain.

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:41:22 AM

2387 posts since 5/29/2011

Most Chicago made banjos I have seen have twenty brackets, this one has twenty-four. The peghead shape resembles both Lyon & Healy and Slingerland but is not exactly like either one. My educated guess would be Oscar Schmidt or Stella but the 24 brackets are not normal for them either.
Whether the HF mark was from the factory or added later is uncertain. The banjo was likely made as an open back. The copper, or brass, resonator probably was an add on feature. Add on resonators were a common accessory that were available for open back banjos after resonator banjos became popular from the 1920's on.
The best way to find out any further information from the banjo itself is to use a socket(5/16" or something close) and unscrew the resonator bolt. Take the resonator off and see if there are any markings inside the rim or on the dowel stick.

Aug 11, 2018 - 3:17:27 PM

2387 posts since 5/29/2011

BTW homo faber is Latin for "man the maker" or "working man". Are you pulling a funny there, Wayne?

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:18:57 PM

4325 posts since 3/22/2008

This is going to be an Oscar Schmidt - pretty sure.
When photo made of interior of banjo please give us a good shot of the devise that stabilizes the neck.

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:24:10 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

10445 posts since 6/29/2003

No, not at all. The name is listed in a document on American Fretted Instrument Makers.

http://www.mugwumps.com/AmerInstMkr.html 
 

Aug 12, 2018 - 6:03:13 AM

2387 posts since 5/29/2011

quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

No, not at all. The name is listed in a document on American Fretted Instrument Makers.

http://www.mugwumps.com/AmerInstMkr.html 
 


He sure is. Maybe my Latin is rusty.

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