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Sep 20, 2020 - 1:57:59 AM
5 posts since 9/20/2020

Hi after having a good clear out in my loft I found my grandads banjo, it has the name Star Trademark .
Could anyone please tell me about it ,how old is it ,were it was made ect

Sep 20, 2020 - 3:32:22 AM

55708 posts since 12/14/2005

Not without pictures.
Close-up of front and back of body, of tuning pegs, of neck-to-body joint.

Full shot of front and back.

"And while we wait for the photographs, let's sip a mug of whis--- TEA, I mean TEA!"

-S. Holmes-

Sep 20, 2020 - 4:09:47 AM

1435 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Mike Minton

Hi after having a good clear out in my loft I found my grandads banjo, it has the name Star Trademark .
Could anyone please tell me about it ,how old is it ,were it was made ect


Photos would be good Mike. But I'd guess it was made by George Matthew of Birmingham somewhere around 1900. 

Matthew was in business for about 20 years roughly 1890 - 1910. I have no idea at what point he manufactured the " Star Trademark" banjos but it may have been over a number of years.


Edited by - Stephen John Prior on 09/20/2020 04:18:54

Sep 22, 2020 - 1:27:39 PM

5 posts since 9/20/2020

quote:Originally posted by mike gregoryNot without pictures.
Close-up of front and back of body, of tuning pegs, of neck-to-body joint.

Full shot of front and back.

Thanks for getting back to me, these are a few pics of my grandads banjo
Regards Mike



"And while we wait for the photographs, let's sip a mug of whis--- TEA, I mean TEA!"

-S. Holmes-

Sep 22, 2020 - 1:37:06 PM

5 posts since 9/20/2020

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Sep 23, 2020 - 12:03:25 AM

1435 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Mike Minton

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Yep it's as I thought, built by Matthew of Birmingham probably early 1900's.

It's the first "Star Trade Mark" Matthew I have seen with the metal vine inlay. I guess it was originally a fretless banjo, the frets being a later addition..

Attached photos are of one I restored recently which probably dates to early 1900's.

Apart from needing a new skin is yours complete ? 

Also just noticed your address is Solihull so the banjo has not really travelled far from it's original source.


Edited by - Stephen John Prior on 09/23/2020 00:06:27

Sep 23, 2020 - 12:42:10 AM

2936 posts since 4/29/2012

Very much like my Star Brand fretless, which has a similar metal floral inlay. Mine has a number, 7284 stamped on the dowel (with a matching 84 on the drum). If we had some reference points, and knew that Matthew numbered his Star banjos sequentially we could probably date it from that number. But we probably don't.

Sep 23, 2020 - 1:08:55 AM

1435 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Mike Minton

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Any name or numbers stamped on yours Mike ?

Sep 23, 2020 - 2:57:33 AM

1435 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Mike Minton

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Sorry Mike I think yours dates to early 1890's rather than early 1900.

Sep 23, 2020 - 3:40:52 PM

5 posts since 9/20/2020

Thanks for your help. Will.look for any numbers or name
Cheers Mike

Sep 27, 2020 - 5:34:04 AM

5 posts since 9/20/2020

Many thanks for your help. Cannot find any numbers stamped on it
Regards Mike

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