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Aug 2, 2020 - 3:15:04 PM
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1122 posts since 3/1/2012

Got to wondering if anyone has ever investigated whether any early Boucher banjos are to be found in England, The Continent, or Australia. Given that there ARE early banjos in England (Tunbridge-Ware, etc) that have survived, and given the wild popularity of minstrel music everywhere in the mid 19th century, and given historical events (California gold rush of 1849, Australian gold rush of 1852) that would have helped spread both Bouchers and other early banjos: where are they?
I think most American banjo collectors think these banjos are just here in the U.S, but Baltimore, where Boucher worked, was an international port, and ships carried commerce all over the world.
Have any of these banjos been found outside the U.S.?

Aug 2, 2020 - 4:52:51 PM

1058 posts since 5/19/2018

If there are all original Pre-WWII Gibson Mastertone banjos being pulled out of South Africa, you can be assured that any country that may have traded with the US from our first Civil war on would without doubt have some original American Early banjos located in them.

I leave it up to you Jim on how to go about finding them.

Flea market in the outer Herbrides or Easter Island?

Years ago My Brother once told me that he saw a banjo “just like yours!!!” For sale in either Cuba or Peurto RICO. I could have killed him when he said he didn’t buy it.

These things are all over.

Aug 2, 2020 - 4:58:10 PM

1624 posts since 1/13/2012

There's a very fancy presentation Boucher in a museum in Europe. Can't remember which country now... the Netherlands, maybe. There were photos posted here a year or three ago.

Aug 2, 2020 - 6:01:17 PM

1122 posts since 3/1/2012

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Originally posted by Alvin Conder

If there are all original Pre-WWII Gibson Mastertone banjos being pulled out of South Africa, you can be assured that any country that may have traded with the US from our first Civil war on would without doubt have some original American Early banjos located in them.

I leave it up to you Jim on how to go about finding them.

Flea market in the outer Herbrides or Easter Island?

Years ago My Brother once told me that he saw a banjo “just like yours!!!” For sale in either Cuba or Peurto RICO. I could have killed him when he said he didn’t buy it.

These things are all over.


OK, everyone on here from other countries--send me your Boucher banjos!

And now we wait...

Aug 3, 2020 - 9:26:24 AM
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7585 posts since 8/28/2013

If you'll pay for a world cruise, I'll gladly go look for some Bouchers in other countries.

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:12:43 PM

1122 posts since 3/1/2012

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Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

If you'll pay for a world cruise, I'll gladly go look for some Bouchers in other countries.


A world cruise? In the middle of a pandemic?  George--I had no idea you had a death wish. 

Aug 3, 2020 - 7:11:52 PM
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7585 posts since 8/28/2013

I didn't mean right now!

Besides, if one really has a death wish, he stands a better chance of fullfilling that wish if he just stays in the US.

Aug 5, 2020 - 12:47:19 PM

276 posts since 2/21/2012

Jim, I have been collecting Banjos here in England for 50 years now. I have never seen or
Heard of a Boucher over here. However I have found several RARE US made Banjos,
More in the 1890 - 1900 time frame.
Keith

Aug 5, 2020 - 5:29:51 PM

1122 posts since 3/1/2012

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Originally posted by banjowilly22

Jim, I have been collecting Banjos here in England for 50 years now. I have never seen or
Heard of a Boucher over here. However I have found several RARE US made Banjos,
More in the 1890 - 1900 time frame.
Keith


Thanks, Keith. I got to wondering, given the world-wide Packet and Clipper-ship trade of the era. Also, given the size of the British Empire at the time ('The sun never sets...'), I would think there must be mid-19th century banjos as far away as India. Another Banjo Hangout member found her Tunbridge-Ware banjo in Australia, for example.

Leave no stone un-turned!

Aug 6, 2020 - 7:26:59 PM

166 posts since 1/26/2020

I would imagine that in the age of the internet, a Boucher or Ashborn would still cost some coins.

Blaine

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