Five-String Fretless Banjo

Description (Brief)
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1848-1855. It is a five-string banjo with a walnut or mahogany hoop, twelve brackets, rosewood neck, friction pegs, and an early style machine peg for the 5th string.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo
date made
1848-1855
Measurements
overall: 36 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in x 3 in; 92.71 cm x 31.75 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 35 3/4 in x 13 in x 3 in; 90.805 cm x 33.02 cm x 7.62 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
MI*380526
catalog number
380526
accession number
153640
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 Frank E. Savale
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