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.
Currently not on view
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date made
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
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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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