Five-String Banjo

Description (Brief)
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1930-1940. It was sold through Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogs, and is typical of the inexpensive instruments which became easily available at that time to musical enthusiasts through mass-marketing and mail order convenience.
Currently not on view
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date made
overall: 37 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 95.25 cm x 28.575 cm x 6.35 cm
overall: 37 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in x 2 5/8 in; 95.25 cm x 29.21 cm x 6.6675 cm
place made
United States
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Adam Gallan

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