Bacon Tenor Banjo

Description (Brief)
This four-string tenor banjo was made by the Bacon Banjo Company, Inc. of Groton, Connecticut around 1932. It is a “B&D Senorita” model, serial #31245 with 24 brackets and a resonator. “Senorita” models were the lower priced, medium grade, banjos made by the company. There is a metal plate on the back of the resonator inscribed: “MADE BY [/] BACON BANJO CO. INC. [/] GROTON, CONN,” which is also stamped on the strut.

Fred J. Bacon started the company in 1920. Two years later, David L. Day left the Vega Company to join the Bacon Banjo Company. By 1940, the Bacon Banjo Company had been purchased by the Gretsch Company who continued to make Bacon and B&D banjos until the late 1960s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Bacon Banjo Co., Inc.
overall: 33 1/2 in x 13 in x 3 1/2 in; 85.09 cm x 33.02 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 34 1/4 in x 13 1/8 in x 3 11/16 in; 86.995 cm x 33.3375 cm x 9.36625 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Groton
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Ivan T. Lorenzen
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Visitor Comments

3/5/2015 2:20:44 PM
We have a B&D Seniorita with original case but can find no serial number. How do we determine the age?? Thanks very much for your help.
10/13/2015 8:11:30 PM
Albert Swint
You will find the serial number etched or stamped inside the banjo on the metal flange (rim). You will have to remove the wooden resonator (the back of the banjo) by unscrewing the thumb .screws on the outside of the metal flange. When you find the serial number, you can find the approximate year of manufacture at the following website:
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