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May 12, 2021 - 6:17:04 AM
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5027 posts since 3/22/2008

Joel Hooks
Joel - I'm a Montgomery Ward catalog collector when I can get them.
FYI is attached M/W Catalog 57(1895); Catalog 61 (Spring Summer 1897) and catalog 69 (Spring Summer 1901).
Catalog 57 see #25837.
Catalog 61 see #25835.
Catalog 69 see #L 375.


May 12, 2021 - 6:30:01 AM

5027 posts since 3/22/2008

The next M/W catalog I have is Catalog 77 (1908 1909) and I swear banjo L 383 has a Rettberg & Lange peghead shape for that era.


May 12, 2021 - 7:05:57 AM

6297 posts since 9/21/2007

Yes, that is the peghead used on Bill Bowen banjos.

Re: "Steward" banjos, the 1894 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog offered the same banjo with "birch neck". I feel 99% sure that this is not an actual S. S. Stewart made banjo but rather a "Steward Model" (wink, wink-- nudge, nudge).

I've seen early Stewarts with walnut and maple necks, but once he committed to cherry that was it (except for rare examples of fancy woods). I seriously doubt that he would have used birch. Also, why would they get the name wrong?"

So I am thinking that "Steward Model" is sort of like "Masterclone"-- based on or loosely copying the overall pattern.


May 12, 2021 - 7:28:03 PM

John Firth-Smith

Australia

85 posts since 3/13/2010

quote:Hi John and Joel, I have one of those MW Windsor banjos #25841 in the catalog - nice banjo and almost identical to a L&H Mystic banjo that I also have  -  cheers  John
Originally posted by beezaboy

Joel Hooks
Joel - I'm a Montgomery Ward catalog collector when I can get them.
FYI is attached M/W Catalog 57(1895); Catalog 61 (Spring Summer 1897) and catalog 69 (Spring Summer 1901).
Catalog 57 see #25837.
Catalog 61 see #25835.
Catalog 69 see #L 375.


May 13, 2021 - 4:43:29 AM

5027 posts since 3/22/2008

John Firth-Smith
John - I think the M/W Windsor banjo is probably quite scarce. I have some photos of one. You are lucky to have one. Congrats.


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