Five-String Fretless Banjo

Description (Brief)
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1880-1882. It is a five-string banjo with a rosewood veneered hoop, twenty-four brackets, German Silver covered fingerboard, and friction pegs. There is a medallion marked “J.H.F. [/] NY&C” on the peghead. J. Howard Foote sold musical instruments and general music merchandise at shops in New York and Chicago from 1835 to the early 1900s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
overall: 35 1/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 89.535 cm x 29.21 cm x 6.35 cm
overall: 34 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in x 4 in; 87.63 cm x 29.21 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
United States
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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 J. Howard Foote
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