Five-String Fretless Banjo

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Description (Brief)
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in Bristol, Tennessee during the 19th century. The banjo has a commercial neck cut down and joined to a 4 bracket hoop of welded wrought iron, perhaps salvaged from an iron wagon wheel rim. Although now unplayable, the combination of a small diameter head and heavy rim would have produced a loud and clear tone.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1800-1899
place made
United States: Tennessee, Bristol
Measurements
overall: 28 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in x 2 in; 72.39 cm x 16.51 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
MI.66.155
catalog number
66.155
accession number
263346
Credit Line
Gift of Peck Daniel
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Music & Musical Instruments
Banjos
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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