Five-String Fretless Banjo

Description (Brief)
This banjo is made by an unknown maker in North Carolina around 1875-1925. The instrument has a wooden neck and rim. Fragments of an untanned skin (possibly groundhog) head are still nailed to the rim. Although in derelict condition when acquired by the Smithsonian, the deep grooves worn into the fretless neck attest to the many hours of music this instrument gave to its owner.
Currently not on view
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date made
overall: 32 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 82.55 cm x 26.035 cm x 6.35 cm
overall: 31 9/16 in x 10 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in; 80.2005 cm x 26.035 cm x 12.065 cm
place made
United States: North Carolina
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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
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