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Sep 26, 2021 - 4:02:47 PM
1252 posts since 3/21/2013

hello,
I am looking at an estate with some banjos currently, this one is a fretted padle headstock with shield rims. It needs work, however the banjo has the date 1864 written on it. I am wondering if the details here actually look like an 1860's era banjo, or if this is a much later build. I know the rounded dowel and heel *usually* are earlier, but I also have seen them on low end players from closer to 1900's
thanks!


 

Sep 26, 2021 - 4:06:55 PM

1252 posts since 3/21/2013

some more pictures, sorry the quality is low. it's the best the seller has currently




 

Sep 26, 2021 - 4:07:36 PM

1252 posts since 3/21/2013

the heel cutout make me think a later dobson, but I just wanted to get some advice from experts here. many thanks!

Sep 26, 2021 - 4:15:12 PM
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csacwp

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2929 posts since 1/15/2014

Much later, but it's not a Dobson unless it is stamped as one. That heel shape is not unique to the banjos Buckbee made for the Dobsons. 

Edited by - csacwp on 09/26/2021 16:16:02

Sep 26, 2021 - 4:20:55 PM

1252 posts since 3/21/2013

quote:
Originally posted by csacwp

Much later, but it's not a Dobson unless it is stamped as one. That heel shape is not unique to the banjos Buckbee made for the Dobsons. 


thanks for confirming my suspicions

Sep 26, 2021 - 4:29:54 PM
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344 posts since 4/14/2014

quote:
Originally posted by csacwp

Much later, but it's not a Dobson unless it is stamped as one. That heel shape is not unique to the banjos Buckbee made for the Dobsons. 


I'm just seconding this. I believe Mark Ralston has an image from an old catalog which depicts this model banjo, or one nearly identical. 

Sep 26, 2021 - 4:33:33 PM
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csacwp

USA

2929 posts since 1/15/2014

I think 1880s - 1890s is a fair guess.

Sep 27, 2021 - 6:19:30 AM
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305 posts since 8/11/2007

I'd call it 1880s.

Sep 27, 2021 - 6:35:12 AM
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6476 posts since 9/21/2007

This Bruno catalog is early 1890s...

archive.org/details/illustrate.../mode/1up

If you read the descriptions you will find listings with the same specs as this one.

The round dowel tends to be later rather than earlier as it was a cost saving measure.

Sep 27, 2021 - 8:00:55 PM

1252 posts since 3/21/2013

Thank you all

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