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Oct 19, 2020 - 10:50:40 AM
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231 posts since 8/11/2007

Sent in by one of my students. She tells me she was told it's circa 1910. Yall have any ideas?




 

Oct 19, 2020 - 11:21:25 AM

1468 posts since 4/25/2007

Very odd. Not an English maker I recognise. The pot hardware looks more American to me, the tailpiece looks German.

Oct 19, 2020 - 11:43:04 AM

5708 posts since 9/21/2007

The 9th position marking would be unusual on an English banjo.

Oct 19, 2020 - 12:05:15 PM

1177 posts since 8/10/2010

I have no input on the origin of this banjo but it sure is cool! Does your student want to sell it??? ;p

Oct 19, 2020 - 12:10:32 PM

52 posts since 3/20/2019

I only found one listing for this banjo online through random google searches of "English tunnelled banjo 1900" from a store in New York (it has the same head wear as your pictures above so possibly the same banjo your student sent you):  https://bernunzio.com/p/unmarked-flush-frettunneled-fifth-20741/#

"Very unusual banjo featuring a guitar shaped neck w/ tunneled fifth string, and scalloped frets. 11" pot with simple rolled tone ring, "Pat. Pending" stamp on interior...similar to stamps found on Epiphone banjos. Rosewood fingerboard/heel cap, ebony peghead overlay. Equipped with English style lyre shaped tailpiece, Elton armrest, bar frets, friction pegs. Extremely puzzling, very playable, inexpensive."

Elton was a New York banjo part company as from google.

Tailpiece looks like a Cemmeyer or Clifford Essex (English makers) to me but the rest of the banjo looks nothing like any other English banjo ive seen. 

Homemade perhaps?

Edited by - Bawheid on 10/19/2020 12:12:23

Oct 20, 2020 - 12:30:56 AM

1468 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Bawheid

I only found one listing for this banjo online through random google searches of "English tunnelled banjo 1900" from a store in New York (it has the same head wear as your pictures above so possibly the same banjo your student sent you):  https://bernunzio.com/p/unmarked-flush-frettunneled-fifth-20741/#

"Very unusual banjo featuring a guitar shaped neck w/ tunneled fifth string, and scalloped frets. 11" pot with simple rolled tone ring, "Pat. Pending" stamp on interior...similar to stamps found on Epiphone banjos. Rosewood fingerboard/heel cap, ebony peghead overlay. Equipped with English style lyre shaped tailpiece, Elton armrest, bar frets, friction pegs. Extremely puzzling, very playable, inexpensive."

Elton was a New York banjo part company as from google.

Tailpiece looks like a Cemmeyer or Clifford Essex (English makers) to me but the rest of the banjo looks nothing like any other English banjo ive seen. 

Homemade perhaps?


I'm pretty certain the tailpiece is German (GDR) made. Similar looking but inferior quality to the Essex Professional.

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