Vivian Hayes’ Gibson Tenor Banjo

Description (Brief)
This four-string banjo was made by the Gibson, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1927. It is a Mastertone TB-5 short neck tenor banjo and is stamped serial number 8693-1. This banjo was custom made for vaudevillian performer Vivian Chenoweth Hayes with jeweled accents on the peghead and inscribed with “Vivian.”

Vivian Hayes toured with her husband Ed Hayes and sister Frances as "Ed Hayes and His Banjo Girls" from 1927-1930.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1927
user
Hayes, Vivian Chenoweth
maker
Gibson, Inc.
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
Measurements
overall: 32 in x 13 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 81.28 cm x 34.925 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
1992.0481.01
accession number
1992.0481
catalog number
1992.0481.01
Credit Line
Gift of the family of Vivian Chenoweth Hayes
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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