Five-String Fretless Banjo

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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.
Currently not on view
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United States
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
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Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Data Source
National Museum of American History