Frances Chenoweth's Tenor Banjo

Description (Brief)
This four-string banjo was made by Gibson, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1927. It is a Mastertone TB-5 tenor banjo and is stamped serial number 8693-2. This banjo was custom made for vaudevillian performer Frances Chenoweth with jeweled accents on the peghead and is inscribed “Frances.”

Frances Hayes toured with her sister Frances as "Ed Hayes and His Banjo Girls" from 1927-1930.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Chenoweth, Frances
Coan, Frances Chenoweth
Gibson, Inc.
overall: 34 1/2 in x 13 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 87.63 cm x 34.925 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 34 in x 13 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 86.36 cm x 34.29 cm x 8.89 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
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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 the family of Frances Chenoweth Coan
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