Bacon Banjo Mandolin

Description (Brief)
This "Bacon Professional" banjo mandolin was made by the Bacon Banjo Co., Inc. in Groton, Connecticut around 1920-1922. It has 20 brackets and is stamped with serial number 6896.
Banjo mandolins are strung, tuned and played like regular mandolins, making it easy for players of the popular mandolin to add a banjo-like sound to their repertoire. The same idea also led to the creation of banjo ukuleles, banjo guitars and similar hybrid instruments. Advertising for these instruments was largely aimed at countless amateur banjo, mandolin and guitar clubs, ensembles, and vaudeville troupes which flourished from the late 19th century until the 1930s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo mandolin
Date made
date made
Bacon Banjo Co., Inc.
overall: 23 5/8 in x 11 in x 3 1/2 in; 60.0075 cm x 27.94 cm x 8.89 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Groton
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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 William L. Monical
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