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Dec 1, 2023 - 3:44:30 AM
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1892 posts since 4/25/2007

I recently came across this quirky hanger bolt on a banjo tailpiece from the 1880's. The tailpiece was at one time gold plated. I've not seen one like this before.


Edited by - Stephen John Prior on 12/01/2023 03:45:48

Dec 1, 2023 - 4:48:41 AM

61671 posts since 12/14/2005

Ahh, the almost inifinite variety of banjo attachments.
Thanks for sharing.

Dec 1, 2023 - 7:52:13 AM

KCJones

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2859 posts since 8/30/2012

I had a banjo once where the tailpiece was an old fork with the tines bent into hooks to hold each string.

Dec 1, 2023 - 9:37:49 AM

237 posts since 6/20/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Stephen John Prior

I recently came across this quirky hanger bolt on a banjo tailpiece from the 1880's. The tailpiece was at one time gold plated. I've not seen one like this before.


Steve, who was the maker of banjo this tailpiece was on? With your experienced eye do you have an instinct whether it was original to that banjo or a random after-sale addition?

Dec 1, 2023 - 11:02:48 AM
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1892 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Pomeroy
quote:
Originally posted by Stephen John Prior

I recently came across this quirky hanger bolt on a banjo tailpiece from the 1880's. The tailpiece was at one time gold plated. I've not seen one like this before.


Steve, who was the maker of banjo this tailpiece was on? With your experienced eye do you have an instinct whether it was original to that banjo or a random after-sale addition?


Ward of Liverpool Mike and most certainly original to the banjo. Contrary to some sources I believe their banjos were made in house albeit in relatively low numbers. Maybe this style tailpiece made restringing easier ? 

Dec 1, 2023 - 11:12 AM

237 posts since 6/20/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Stephen John Prior
quote:
Originally posted by Pomeroy
quote:
Originally posted by Stephen John Prior

I recently came across this quirky hanger bolt on a banjo tailpiece from the 1880's. The tailpiece was at one time gold plated. I've not seen one like this before.


Steve, who was the maker of banjo this tailpiece was on? With your experienced eye do you have an instinct whether it was original to that banjo or a random after-sale addition?


Ward of Liverpool Mike and most certainly original to the banjo. Contrary to some sources I believe their banjos were made in house albeit in relatively low numbers. Maybe this style tailpiece made restringing easier ? 


The extra time and trouble necessary to make the pinned joint does suggest a function that the maker saw as desirable. 

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