American Five-String Fretless Banjo


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.

Date Made: 1880 - 1882

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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Credit Line: Gift of J. Howard Foote

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.055719Catalog Number: 55719Accession Number: 11535

Object Name: banjo

Physical Description: nickel (overall material)walnut (overall material)Measurements: overall: 35 in x 11 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 88.9 cm x 28.575 cm x 6.985 cm


Record Id: nmah_605666

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