Five-String Fretless Banjo

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
overall: 28 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in x 2 in; 72.39 cm x 16.51 cm x 5.08 cm
overall: 28 1/4 in x 6 5/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 71.755 cm x 16.8275 cm x 8.255 cm
place made
United States: Tennessee, Bristol
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Peck Daniel
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