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Feb 22, 2020 - 6:37:04 PM
1 posts since 2/22/2020

I recently purchased what looks to be Civil War era 5 string banjo with bar frets and friction tuning pegs at an auction for $26 dollars. I have little experience with vintage banjos and would like to know if anybody recognizes or has a idea who might have made this banjo. Thanks




 

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:42:26 PM

csacwp

USA

2582 posts since 1/15/2014

It's a Buckbee or similar NY jobber banjo. 1890s-1920s.

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:48:29 PM

1062 posts since 4/13/2017

It seems that that thing has had better days...neat find for sure

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:14:09 AM

2077 posts since 4/7/2010

With Buckbee being out of business about 1893, I don't think it is a Buckbee. The squareish, sheet metal tailpiece, which appears to be original, indicates later. My impression is it is an Oscar Schmidt. Seeing a picture of the neck attachment might help with a positive ID.

Bob Smakula
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Feb 23, 2020 - 6:25:51 AM
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5051 posts since 9/21/2007

I think the death blow for JHB was 1897. After a significant retool something happened and R&L was able to buy him out at bankruptcy auction.

Feb 23, 2020 - 6:56:56 AM

6853 posts since 8/28/2013

From what little I can see of where the neck attachment should be (there appear to be notches there) I'd guess Oscar Schmidt, made after 1900.

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:41:26 AM

2077 posts since 4/7/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

I think the death blow for JHB was 1897. After a significant retool something happened and R&L was able to buy him out at bankruptcy auction.


Music Trade Review confirms I was premature with my educated guess on the  death of the the Buckbee banjo business. It was August of 1897

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:05:38 PM

275 posts since 2/22/2015

Yes, and definitely no where near civil war era if you research for at least 5 min.

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