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Mar 15, 2024 - 4:52:29 PM
551 posts since 2/6/2011

Does anyone have an idea who made this pot? 10 3/4 inch diameter and thickness is 0.7 inches. 24 bracket holes. The tone ring is supported by a brass ring that is raised up on screws. Tension hoop is grooved along the side to accept the bracket hooks.


Mar 16, 2024 - 1:36:40 AM

397 posts since 6/20/2020

Interesting. I can't offer anything specific about this maker, but I would think it's odds-on that there will be a patent document registered for this design. That's where I would focus my search. The accompanying technical drawing will tie in exactly and give you the maker. My initial hunch is that your pot is an American design. But initial hunches can always be proved wrong.

Coming from the opposite direction I have unearthed UK patent documents that describe features for which, to the best of our knowledge, no surviving example of the banjos have yet emerged. Among those is one that includes a cast hoop with a groove to accept the tension hooks. 

Edited by - Pomeroy on 03/16/2024 01:49:30

Mar 16, 2024 - 1:48:58 AM

1976 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Pomeroy

Interesting. I can't offer anything specific about this maker, but I would think it's odds-on that there will be a patent document registered for this design. That's where I would focus my search and that technical drawing will tie in exactly and give you the maker. My hunch is that it's an American design.

Coming from the opposite direction I have unearthed UK patent documents that describe features for which, to the best of our knowledge, no surviving example of the banjos have yet emerged. Among those is one that includes a cast hoop with a groove to accept the tension hooks. 


Looks like a Slingerland design to my eyes. Although I've not seen the ring mounting screws before. Copied here in the UK by Dallas on some Jedson models.  

Mar 16, 2024 - 4:23:49 AM

4776 posts since 4/29/2012

I thought Slingerland too. The size, the marquetry inlay, the grooved tension hoop, the donut ring are all consistent with this. Do you have the hooks, shoes and bolts ? The dowel mounting hardware ?
But the disassembled one I've seen photos of here had studs not screws. I'm not taking either of mine to pieces to check if they have screws.
If it is one, those tone ringed Slingerland/Maybell pots they make for great, if underrated and undervalued, banjos.

Mar 16, 2024 - 5:52:09 AM
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DSmoke

USA

1440 posts since 11/30/2015

Everything about this looks like Slingerland to me, except the screws. The ones I've had apart all had studs on the rim as seen in this picture.


 

Mar 16, 2024 - 12:19:01 PM

551 posts since 2/6/2011

Thanks for all the help! DSmoke That looks exactly like this one. Maybe the screws were added after market.

Mar 16, 2024 - 5:22:45 PM

15721 posts since 10/30/2008

The Fairbanks "Curtis" model had a tone ring/hoop of sorts positioned on small studs driven into the top of the wood rim.

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