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Nov 27, 2022 - 1:08:06 PM
60 posts since 3/22/2011

Can anyone help me confirm the originality / value of this Bacon & Day Silver Bay banjo.

It was sold as a model 4 silver bell but have been told that it may have been "upgraded " to a model 4.

I have tried to check it against other model 4s but they all seem different , this one came from a private collection ( the owner did the painting to the skin) and been the owner for the last few decades.

The serial 27xxx number is stamped on both the rod and the body which I think dates it to 1929.

Any help would be appreciated , I am looking to sell but do not want to mislead anyone.


Nov 27, 2022 - 1:53:34 PM
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7362 posts since 9/21/2007

Curious why you have Xed out the serial number. Are you afraid that there is private/personal information attached to it?

Nov 27, 2022 - 6:40:29 PM

10286 posts since 8/28/2013

More photos would help. Need to see the inside, other details.

Nov 27, 2022 - 11:57:59 PM

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What does the dowelstick say?

Nov 28, 2022 - 1:24:14 AM

60 posts since 3/22/2011

hi here are some more photos.

Nov 28, 2022 - 5:37:19 AM

10286 posts since 8/28/2013

The tone ring predates 1929.

Nov 28, 2022 - 9:32:37 AM

5287 posts since 3/22/2008

We don't have many Silver Bell authorities here on BHO anymore.
You might consider sending a private mail to banjotrader.
He doesn't frequent BHO much these days but knows Silver Bell Banjos.

Nov 28, 2022 - 11:55:34 AM

669 posts since 5/4/2014

as mentioned on Facebook - where the topic has since been deleted. this is a parts banjo no.4.
- the tonering predates the SN
- missing fleur de lis and first fret marker
- has what appears to be an overstamped No.4 on dowel
- incorrect nuts
- low flamed maple rim outer shell
- arm rest appears to be similar to those made by CC Richelieu on his upgrades

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