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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1875-1899
place made
United States: North Carolina
Measurements
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
ID Number
MI.65.0717
catalog number
65.0717
accession number
258254
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Banjos
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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