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Would A Walter Liggett Banjo Have Any Collector Value?

Dec 2, 2023 - 12:56:46 AM
2 posts since 12/2/2023

I have an individual who wants to sell me a Walter Liggett owned and played 1920’s Ludwig Columbia tenors banjo. The sellers claims he has provenance for this Banjo. I haven’t even seen or played it in person yet. I wasn’t even aware that Liggett played a Ludwig. Would his name increase the value at all on a collecters standpoint? Thanks!

Edited by - tnaravert1 on 12/02/2023 10:19:12

Dec 2, 2023 - 4:17:11 AM

2751 posts since 1/4/2009

If you're speaking of the journalist Walter Liggett then his banjo wouldn't have any extra value beyond what it is worth as a banjo. He isn't famous for anything relating to a banjo, and isn't even all that well known anymore. If there's a banjoist named Walter liggett then it's doubtful that his banjo would have extra collector value either since he is not well known. Ludwig made some nice banjos and they have some value, in the hundreds mostly. Post pictures of the banjo and we can try to let you know what.

Dec 2, 2023 - 7:31:50 AM
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5564 posts since 3/22/2008

Here is Possum Hunters Walter Liggett.

https://www.banjohangout.org/photo/117774

Edited by - beezaboy on 12/02/2023 07:32:44

Dec 2, 2023 - 10:41:55 AM

2 posts since 12/2/2023

This is Walter Liggitt from Dr Humphrey Bate & “His Possum Hunters”


Jan 23, 2024 - 5:35:52 PM

9 posts since 1/23/2024

I just purchased this tenor and case. Trying to authenticate it.

Jan 24, 2024 - 7:08:49 AM

14852 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by 1920s banjo

I just purchased this tenor and case. Trying to authenticate it.


I'm not sure you really need to authenticate it, as I don't think it adds much if any value.  It's really neat, but probably worth about the same, maybe a tad more, than another like banjo and case.

Jan 24, 2024 - 8:04:25 AM
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9 posts since 1/23/2024

I’m not really worried about authenticating it for the value as much as its history. For a group that started playing on a radio station back in the 20s that later became the Grand Ole Opry, I thought was interesting.

Jan 24, 2024 - 12:28:17 PM
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14852 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by 1920s banjo

I’m not really worried about authenticating it for the value as much as its history. For a group that started playing on a radio station back in the 20s that later became the Grand Ole Opry, I thought was interesting.


It is interesting, but I don't think anyone would be making a fake, so if I were you I would claim it to be exactly what it says.

Jan 24, 2024 - 2:32 PM
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9 posts since 1/23/2024

Thanks for the response. I agree. The case is from the 20s and it was found in the attic of an old Victorian house along with other items from the 20s and 30s. If it were faked you would think it would be from a person that people had heard of. The history of this is very interesting. Thanks again.

Jan 25, 2024 - 10:10:02 AM
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682 posts since 6/9/2009

I love Walter Liggett's playing with the Possum Hunters. Cool, old-time, syncopated three-finger picking! That being said, I've never seen or heard him playing a tenor, so its a bit of an odd instrument from a collecting standpoint.

Another odd point is the fact that his name is spelled with only one T on the case. I've researched and read about him and the Possum Hunters many times and never seen its spelled that way. Weird item really. Strange to have your own name spelled incorrectly on the case of a banjo type that you don't play. But as you pointed out, who would fake it?

Jan 31, 2024 - 5:38:27 PM

9 posts since 1/23/2024

I thought the same but then thought if someone was going to fake this then you would think they would spell his name correctly also so I’m not sure.

Jan 31, 2024 - 9:43:23 PM

9 posts since 1/23/2024

BobTheGambler in your opinion do you think the case is a fake? I’ve researched and can’t find anything to show if it’s real or fake. Not sure where to check next. Thanks

Feb 1, 2024 - 7:06:04 AM

2751 posts since 1/4/2009

its entirely possible the last t has rubbed off over the years. Its also possible that this was a gift. I have touring muscian buddies who are given cases , insturments etc by fans all the time. One them has a beautiful homemade guitar a fan made for him that his name spelled wrong. 

Edited by - kyleb on 02/01/2024 07:11:54

Feb 1, 2024 - 9:34:59 AM

9 posts since 1/23/2024

Thanks for the info. I never really thought about possibly someone giving it to him as a gift back then. It’s very possible cause I’m still having a hard time thinking someone would have faked this case about a group that existed in the 20s and 30s.

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