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May 19, 2024 - 9:25:39 AM
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1792 posts since 3/1/2012

Just won this August Pollmann Standard banjo at an online auction site, and have not received it yet. Photos are from the auction.
I already own the Pollmann Mandoline-Banjo, and most of the online references I’ve seen for Pollmanns are about that.
This banjo appears to be circa 1890s. Pollmann sold other musical instruments, so he was a distributor. Did he also make these, or would they be another example of the ubiquitous Buckbee company?
Thanks in advance for any insights.




 

May 21, 2024 - 8:21:29 AM

2818 posts since 1/4/2009

yours looks a little smaller pot than mine, which would be odd as they both say standard. Mine has about the twice the hooks, a 10 inch pot with the same ag wood tailpeice. Headstock shape is the same, mine has fancier inlays (stars) and instead of the full bottom frets saying royal standard, mine has a small circle inlay with the badge.

May 21, 2024 - 8:30:41 AM

1792 posts since 3/1/2012

How old would you say yours is?

May 21, 2024 - 8:45:16 AM

2818 posts since 1/4/2009

I’m not sure how old but I’d say yours is older. Guessing mine is 1890s. I’m not sure if they had differ t grades of royal standards or not, but with less hooks and less decoration on yours it makes me wonder.






May 21, 2024 - 8:50:07 AM

2818 posts since 1/4/2009

It does seem that he was a jobber , and I really feel mine has many a Buckbee made attribute. Interesting article

about pollman  https://www.nmmusd.org/amp/henry-august-pollmann-the-success-bankruptcy-and-murder-of-a-new-york-musical-instrument-dealer

May 21, 2024 - 9:05:31 AM

1792 posts since 3/1/2012

Kyle—thanks for the Pollmann article! Som interesting background information!

Jun 7, 2024 - 8:07:57 PM

1792 posts since 3/1/2012

Just restored the little Pollman banjo. An 8 inch pot and a 17 1/2 inch scale. Took off the hooks and shoes, cleaned up the pot, and put on a new skin head. A friend helped me ream one of the peg holes to make the peg fit better, and supplied a thin piece of rosewood for the nut. I put on a new set of Nylgut strings, and tuned her up.
An interesting little banjo, probably early 1890s.




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