This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1880-1882. It is a Five-String Banjo with a nickel-covered hoop, twenty-four brackets, black walnut fingerboard, and friction pegs. There is a medallion on the lower part of the fingerboard:
John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This instrument listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold as a “Stage Banjo” (#6969), for $10.00.
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