Five-String Fretless Banjo

Description (Brief)
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1878-1882. It has 9 brackets with eagles and 1 bracket with a shield (replacement), and a metal covered wood hoop. The brackets are similar to those on commercially-made banjos available through musical instruments distributors such as J. Howard Foote. This instrument was rebuilt by Kyle Creed of Galax, Virginia around 1965.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo
date made
1878-1882
Measurements
overall: 34 1/2 in x 11 in x 2 1/2 in; 87.63 cm x 27.94 cm x 6.35 cm
overall: 33 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in x 3 in; 85.09 cm x 29.21 cm x 7.62 cm
place made
United States: Virginia, Galax
ID Number
MI*70.21
catalog number
70.21
accession number
290542
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
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