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Sep 14, 2021 - 1:50:18 PM
3 posts since 9/14/2021

(Update) Yeah new member here trying to figure out the photos, but with the help of a member he uploaded them further below) Well I heard good things about this forum. Tried others to no answer. Pictured below here is a beautiful old banjo that I picked up and is also my first banjo. My guess is that its late 1800s-early 1900s. Just need help if it could be identified as I cant find a manufacturer tag anywhere on it. It has a few replacement parts I have found such as an Elton tailpiece and grover bridge. And the neck appears to be handmade but us very solid. Has a total of 37 j-hooks, of course there are some missing. And has the text, 'patent appld. for' on the back. Thanks for yalls help.

Edited by - PorchJukebox on 09/14/2021 16:37:22

Sep 14, 2021 - 1:54:57 PM

14320 posts since 10/30/2008

There is no photo.

Sep 14, 2021 - 2:06:08 PM

1495 posts since 3/1/2012

Uploading photos can be tricky the first time on this site.
After you’ve selected up to 3 photos you need to scroll back up and hit Upload Photos, then hit post reply.

Sep 14, 2021 - 2:08:23 PM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

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26542 posts since 8/3/2003

Photos are on his home page under Media.

PorchJukebox

If you want to add pictures to your text, scroll to the bottom of the page and your photos should be there. Click on photo and then the picture you want to attach. When you've attached all pictures you wish to attach, then click on preview to be sure they are where you want them, then click on post reply.

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Sep 14, 2021 - 3:19:24 PM

445 posts since 3/26/2009

No idea about the banjo, the flange plate thing looks home made to me.  I copied the pictures, better res availible on op's page.

 

 

 

Sep 14, 2021 - 5:01:44 PM

3 posts since 9/14/2021

Well the plate on the back i haven't seen before neither. But it has where it says patent. But a date isn't visible

Sep 15, 2021 - 3:37:48 AM
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1629 posts since 12/26/2007

I think that backing plate may have been a short-lived experiment of the Buckbee / R&L shop. Here are two banjos with similar plates (12" OD, 8" ID, 38 hooks) and the double teardrop peghead that Buckbee used. One of them has a fleur de lis ornament attached to the front of the peghead, and the other has some ghost markings from something that was also attached to the front of the peghead. The cleaner of the two banjos is not a bad player. The rustier of the two has spring-loaded friction tuners and may have spent some time underwater near an overtopped New Orleans levee........ probably take me a while to buff out the patina on that one ;)








 

Edited by - Mark Ralston on 09/15/2021 03:38:52

Sep 15, 2021 - 4:24:51 AM

3 posts since 9/14/2021

quote: Oh alright then that must be it because I mightve count the number of holes wrong. But any idea on when It could have been made? Especially telling by the back plate. And also I have those same white tuning pegs. And on the peghead on this one I have 2 holes meant for some kind of label/symbol. Thanks very much for the insight
Originally posted by Mark Ralston

I think that backing plate may have been a short-lived experiment of the Buckbee / R&L shop. Here are two banjos with similar plates (12" OD, 8" ID, 38 hooks) and the double teardrop peghead that Buckbee used. One of them has a fleur de lis ornament attached to the front of the peghead, and the other has some ghost markings from something that was also attached to the front of the peghead. The cleaner of the two banjos is not a bad player. The rustier of the two has spring-loaded friction tuners and may have spent some time underwater near an overtopped New Orleans levee........ probably take me a while to buff out the patina on that one ;)


Sep 15, 2021 - 4:43:57 AM

1629 posts since 12/26/2007

probably made early 1900s - 1930. I can also make out a "pat. applied for" stamp on the cleaner of the two banjos, but no date. If you look at Google Patents, you can find a number of patents applied for by Wm Lange for resonator-type devices circa 1920's.

Here's a patent search string: patents.google.com/?q=secured&...d&page=10

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