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Apr 16, 2021 - 9:20:29 AM
4953 posts since 3/22/2008

Take a look at this banjo on ebay if you will.  The peghead shape is attached below as "unknown".

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Orig-1920s-30s-Jos-B-Rogers-Jr-4-STRING-TENOR-BANJO-Case-Haverford-Colleg/124675618153

I love that banjo but it's just too much for my budget.

Anyway, the peghead shape is what I think of as the S. S. Stewart peghead.  But you see that shape on so many banjos that it has become sort of generic for me and no help in identifying the manufacturer.  To illustrate my frustration I have attached some other banjos with that peghead shape.  I can only post 3 pictures per post so forgive me for being repetitious.

I sure would love to know your opinion of the maker of this 17 fret spun rim tenor banjo. 


Apr 16, 2021 - 9:25:30 AM

4953 posts since 3/22/2008

Some more of the "S. S. Stewart" peghead shapes.


Apr 16, 2021 - 9:35:26 AM

4953 posts since 3/22/2008

More.
So, you see the difficulty a person (me) may have in identifying the maker of banjos with the OP peghead shape.
Anyway, I'd appreciate your opinion of the "Haverford" college ebay banjo perhaps from other clues from the construction or parts details.


Apr 16, 2021 - 10:43:01 AM
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2119 posts since 1/4/2009

I've got a Lange with that Stewart peg head shape. I think after Stewart went out of buisness numerous manufacturers used it.

Apr 16, 2021 - 10:49:03 AM

6127 posts since 9/21/2007

I can't help with the maker but the shape was called a "scroll or peg-head" by S. S. Stewart.

https://archive.org/details/TheBanjoPhilosophically/page/n1/mode/1up

Now, that could mean that it was cut on a scroll saw. Or it could be a stylized outline of a violin scroll (which I believe is what he meant as he not only played violin but got his start on instruments and woodworking rebuilding them).

If you squint and use your imagination you can sort of see it. The center image scroll would be, I think, the perspective.

 

Attached below is his trademark.
 


Apr 16, 2021 - 11:37:35 AM
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11285 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by kyleb

I've got a Lange with that Stewart peg head shape. I think after Stewart went out of buisness numerous manufacturers used it.


My gut says, "may be a Lange", too. That eBay banjo doesn't look exactly like any Stewart I've seen.

Thanks to eBay, we know that Jos B Rogers Jr must have been a very prolific maker. Were the chenille not covering the tailpiece, we might learn that it's the rare Elite model.

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