Fairbanks Five-String Banjo

Description (Brief)
This banjo was made by The A.C. Fairbanks Company of Boston, Massachusetts in 1899. It is a "Regent" model and stamped with serial number 18151. It has 28 brackets, neck and fingerboard with mother-of-pearl inlay, and a metal-covered wood hoop.

Albert Conant Fairbanks began making banjos in 1868 with William A. Cole, a well-known Boston banjo player and teacher. Around 1888, the A.C. Fairbanks Co., Fairbanks was joined by David L. Day. Six years later, Fairbanks sold his interest in the company to businessmen Cummings & Dodge. In 1904, the Vega Co. acquired the business and continued to produce popular banjos made by Fairbanks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
A. C. Fairbanks Co.
Physical Description
wood (part material)
ivory (part material)
mother-of-pearl (part material)
overall: 36 1/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 92.075 cm x 29.21 cm x 6.985 cm
overall: 35 3/4 in x 11 5/8 in x 2 7/8 in; 90.805 cm x 29.5275 cm x 7.3025 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
serial number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of James P. and Vada M. Hogan
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