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.
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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
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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