I recently inherited two instruments and I have no idea how old they are or what value they hold. The larger banjo has brackets around the rim that are eagles that say "Union Forever". Both appear very old. Any help identifying what I have would be greatly appreciated!
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Without photos, we're really hard pressed to guess right.
Enlarged them on my ipad. Looks like a homemade neck, judging from the peghead shape.
Metal-clad pot, probably factory made…so…circa 1880-1900.
Eagle brackets bought from a catalog.
Thats my best guess…anybody?
That neck is either homemade or very crudely modified from a factory-made one. I doubt that it could be made really playable. Can't tell from the photos whether the pot is in good enough shape that someone wold want to make a new neck for it. If all the shield-pattern shoes and associated hooks and nuts are intact, those will definitely be of use-- I reckon you could get $100 just for those, but not much more than that for the whole banjo.
The small banjo is a banjo-ukulele, likely 1920's vintage. Very basic model. If the neck is straight enough, it ought to be worth about what it would cost to turn it back into a working instrument. as-is it's worth...maybe $50?
Thank you for this input! I appreciate it.
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