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 metal covered wood hoop, twenty-four brackets, walnut fingerboard, and friction pegs. There is a medallion marked “J.H.F. [/] NY&C” on the bottom of the fingerboard. J. Howard Foote sold musical instruments and general music merchandise at shops in New York and Chicago from 1835 to the early 1900s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo
date made
1880-1882
Measurements
overall: 35 3/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 90.805 cm x 29.21 cm x 6.985 cm
overall: 35 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in x 2 13/16 in; 90.17 cm x 29.21 cm x 7.14375 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
MI*055721
catalog number
055721
accession number
11535
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Banjos
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Banjos
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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